Life River, Nowhere
Duration: Dec 31st, 2017 - Feb 11st, 2018
Venue: ModeA Contemporary Art Space (F9, Ayoung Plaza, No.88, Sports Road, Siming District, Xiamen)
开幕时间：2017.12.31 (周日) 14：00
Opening: 14:00, 31st (Sun) Dec
展览介绍 | Introductiom
Traveling by ship, people let the river take them to a faraway place. While people and scenery change with time, rivers flow as always and trees grow towards the Sun. You won’t find the reunion is actually the brand new encountering until visiting the old places.
In the setting, the river stops still, and that is how thepainter transformed his memory towards the river and it is also people’s desire towards remote places. People are fond of having photo with famous tourist sites, and it is just for memorizing the unique moment, proving that they have once visited. With time passing by, the flattened image then becomes thestarting point recalling the memory.
The dual-channel video “River” serving as the second episode of the same series; it continues the style that forming the time-space setting with hand-drawing background. “River” functions like an allegory, depicting ayoung couple who are longing for taking the most fascinating couple photo in the world. However, if you take the couple photo as perfect love, it somehow predicts that this pursuit would fail at the very beginning. In the video, there paints a river on the background canvas, which fascinates its audience.With this river, you may go to wherever you wish; yet, at the meanwhile, you can go nowhere in the other way.
LIAO Chi-Yu was born in Taiwan in the 80s. In her memory, at that time, it was a trend to shoot family portrait with the setting of wonderful European and American scenery. Those settings of time and space once popular among photo studios not merely realize people’s aspiration but also their imagination and desire toward far off lands. Recent works of LIAO Chi-Yu are derived from (her personal) experiences taking family photos in old-fashioned photography studio. Each photo background painting is breathtakingly beautifulscenery. They are full of exotic sense and stay far away from our daily scene. And the stories are kept in-between the imagination and the reality.
河不停流 | River Still, RiverGoes
Rivers flow as always and trees grow towards the Sun. Everything goes the way it goes. You won’t find the reunion abrand new encountering until visiting the old places twice.
LIAO, Chi-Yu River Still, River Goes
Video installation, Acrylic color on canvas, Full HD high quality video, Projector, 116.5x91cm, 2017
River presents the style that forming the time-space setting with hand-drawing background. It functions like an allegory, depicting a young couple who are longing to take the most fascinating couple photo in the world. However, if you take the couple photo as perfect love, itsomehow predicts that this pursuit would fail at the very beginning. Moreover, it gave prompt to people to review what they have pursuit in life. In the video, there paints a fascinating river in the background canvas. With this river, you may go wherever you wish, yet nowhere in the other way.
LIAO, Chi-Yu River
Two- channel video, 4K high quality video, Sound, Color, 20'30'', 2017
艺术家 | Artists
廖祈羽以录像作品为主要创作媒介，擅长影像叙事，作品聚焦身体经验、记忆与情感，甜美的影像风格交杂生活里随处可见暴力与冲突，或是生命中不可逆的无奈与哀愁，借由角色模拟、开放性叙事，探讨生活经验里不同层面之感受，细腻描绘许多人之间的共同时刻。曾获UNITEXT立陶宛考纳斯双年展竞赛评审团特别奖，受邀德国波恩录像艺术双年展，也多次受邀国际展览。近期举办的个展包括“河不停流”（VT Artsalon，台北）、“忘忧公园”（a.m. space，香港）及“清明梦”（伊通公园，台北）。
Born in Tainan, Taiwan, 1986. Resides inTaipei, Taiwan.
Liao Chi-Yu is a Taiwanese artist specializing in video and video installation works. She is particularly adept in the use of role-play and open-ended narrative to explore subtle and complicated feelings of life, regarding body experiences, memory and love, or moments when people connect with one another. LAIO has been invited to participate in international exhibitions such as Videonale and Kaunas Biennial.Recent exhibitions include River still,River goes at VT ARTSALON in Taipei, Sanssouci Park at a.m. space in Hong Kong, Lucid Dreaming at IT PARK in Taipei.