觀音 / Guanyin
單頻錄像裝置 14:10 min
Installation with video of 14:10 minutes
In the video Guanyin, the waste material from a marble sculpture of a Buddha was used to create a deer, which symbolizes good fortune and longevity in Chinese tradition. The sculpture of Buddhist idols is a major traditional craft in Hualien and also a metonymy for the experiences of Chiu’s own family business (forestry, another of Hualien’s major traditional industries). The video The Marble Workers is about Thai workers at a marble mine in eastern Taiwan. A cart used in the past at such mines relates stories of different times and places while symbolizing the migration and memories of laborers and the globalization in the capitalist economy. The sculpture Bitter Vine is a relief in a panel of concrete and minerals. The piece, with the bitter vine (a non-native plant in Taiwan) as the subject matter, is a metaphor for the relationship between humans and plants.
Chiu Chen Hung
Chiu Chen Hung graduated from National Taiwan University of Arts with a master’s in plastic arts. He finds traces from the modern history of Hualien’s traditional industries, vividly recreating them in abstract ways, thus developing a technique for the restoration of memory on a grand scale. In recent years, he has shown in Germany, the UK, Thailand, France, Italy, and Hungary.