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Chen Chieh-Jen : une pratique artistique comme moyen de résistance

texte par Sylvie Lin

Né en 1960 à Taoyuan à Taïwan, Chen Chieh-Jen a débuté sa pratique artistique dans les années quatre-vingt, l’époque où la loi martiale était encore en vigueur dans le pays. Dans cette ambiance lourde et contrôlée, Chen Chieh-Jen et certains artistes menaient des performances, parfois dans la rue, qui représentaient une provocation par rapport au système politique. (more…)

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History of the Photographed – The Age of Provocation. Interview with Chen Chieh-Jen

Posted in about Art, about Photography, about Video Art, Interviews with Artists by sylvielin on December 8, 2012

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Film set of Happiness Building I: Apartments

(Courtesy- Chen Chieh-Jen Studio)

Chen Chieh-Jen is the most renowned Taiwanese artist in the international art scene. His work focuses on the situations and psychological states of exploited social classes such as that of workers. In his works, he explores issues of colonization, globalization and capitalism in history and the contemporary world. In the second half of the 1990s, he made photographic works by means of computer imaging techniques, based on archive images of tortures or massacres before focusing on making video works. The interview with the artist traces his youth and education during the era of martial laws as well as his action art projects on the streets at the time. He also talks about the ideas of his photographic work and how, through his own practice, he attempts to construct a perspective on photography and cinema that distinguishes itself from its western counterparts.

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”The City Is My Canvas”: Interview with Mr. Cat

Posted in about Art, Interviews with Artists by sylvielin on July 15, 2012

“I try to take part in the naissance and the exchange of a culture of proximity. (…) Tired of the individualism of graffiti, for several years, I try to develop a certain idea that is federative and positive.”

—-Thoma Vuille, a.k.a. Mr. Cat (M. Chat)[1] (more…)

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Interview with Anthony McCall

Posted in about Art, Interviews with Artists, Interviews with Filmmakers by sylvielin on May 29, 2011

(Interview made in Februrary 2011, Paris)

 

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Interview with Jacob Fenger from Superflex

Posted in about Art, Interviews with Artists by sylvielin on August 1, 2010
“The Financial Crisis”(2009),film by Superflex. Courtesy Superflex.

“For me the idea of a tool is like a river without borders – it makes new possibilities but has an element of danger too. What may seems like an answer to other people isn’t always an answer for me. Even when we talk about the term ‘tools’ (…) these tools may not be a solution either. It may be a solution to something, but at the same time we want to see the tools as questions.”

—- Jakob Fenger, member of Superflex (extract from the interview) 

(Questions by Amy Cheng. Interview realized by Sylvie Lin. October 16, 2009, London. Chinese version included in Art and Society: Introducing Seven Contemporary Artists, published by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2009. http://praxis.tw//publish/)

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‘It Is What It Is’. Interview with Jeremy Deller

Posted in about Art, Interviews with Artists by sylvielin on May 7, 2010
“Personally, folk culture, pop culture or pop music are the things that I like and what I’m interested in. It’s a genuine interest, not fake. I grow up with it and know it. Also I’m interested in working with it as a material.”                           
        — Jeremy Deller, extracts from the interview
 
(Questions by Sylvie Lin & Amy Cheng. Interview realized by Sylvie Lin. October 16, 2009, London. Chinese version included in Art and Society: Introducing Seven Contemporary Artists, published by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2009. http://praxis.tw//publish/)

Film still extract from Jeremy Deller’s ‘Memory Bucket'(2003)(video with sound, 21’44).Courtesy Art: Concept, Paris.

〔Extract from the original text〕

Early Years

Q Your earliest project ‘Home Alone’(1993) was held in your parents’ house in Dulwich. Was there an intention to share your life experience with the audience ?

A Showing in my parents’ house was done for practical reasons because I had nowhere else to show work. So I invited people into my house – I lived in my parents’ – to share the house’s space. But it was just by chance. I don’t really make works about myself that much in an autobiographical sense. That was through need rather than through a necessity or any conscious thing.

Interview with Anri Sala

Posted in Interviews with Artists by sylvielin on May 3, 2010

 

‘Long Sorrow’, video installation by Anri Sala. Courtesy : Galerie Chantal Crousel.

“I am interested in things told through images but not always through languages. I tend to replace language as the most popular means of telling. When images tell things, they can always keep an ambiguity. I am also interested in how music can be narrative. It has a way of dealing with meaning which differs from that of language. Music can resist meaning.”
—- Anri Sala (extract from the interview)

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Interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

“I’m attracted to the spirit of the bygone era, the handmade quality. I think that even Warhol’s machine-like approach was very human.”                                                                 —-Apichatpong Weerasethakul, extract from the interview 

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