CHEN I-Hsuen

CHEN I-Hsuen


Graduated with MFA Photography at Pratt Institute, New York in 2012.

Recent 5 main activities (personal exhibitions, group exhibitions, concerts)
“Commissioned”, solo, Honggah Museum, Taipei, 2019
“Taipei Biennial”, group, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2016
“I Went Abroad, and then I Went Back”, solo, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2015
“Nessun Dorma”, solo, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, 2014
“I am Leaving this City”, solo, hpgrp Gallery New York, New York, 2013

Other details of your activities including awards received Collections,
Kadist Foundation, Paris, 2017
Permanent Collections, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2012
The New York Photo Award, Student Fine Art Series Category Winner, New York, 2012

I-Hsuen Chen is born and raised in Taiwan. After receiving an MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in 2012, he is now lives and works in Taipei. Chen’s work is in the Permanent Collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Kadist Collection.

About works / performance

Chen has an interdisciplinary practice that experiments with photography, documentary film and performance.

His work focuses on the relationship between environmental objects and public power. “Still Life Analysis” explores the humanity that reflects on trash/nature definition. “Still Life Analysis II: The Island” further investigate the household objects of the homeless and public power/inter-occupation among private properties. “Board Landscape” thus unveil the structural metaphor of bamboo election billboards of local powers.

In his recent work “Commisioned”, chen invites a group of photographers to participate in the orchestrated, commissioned mode of “dance.” Each choreography is a metaphor of possible scenarios within a commissional task, so as to review the power relationship between commissioners and the one who give commissions.

Still Life Analysis II: the Island, Archival Inkjet Print, 24x36 inch, 2015 

Still Life Analysis, Archival Inkjet Print, found object, dimension variables, 2014 (installation view at Bamboo Curtain Studio)

Board Landscape, Archival Inkjet Print, 36x48 inch, 2018

Commisioned, 8-channel video installation, color/sound, 55’42”, 2019 (video still)

Nessun Dorma, Performance, music sheet, and 2-channel video installation, color/sound, 3’41”, 2014 (performance at KdMoFA)