Past Resident2012: Ministry of Culture, Taiwan
Wan-Jen Chen makes animated videos, which blur the line between reality and artifice. These images directly touch upon the discrepancy between authenticity and depiction. The intentionally ordinary scenes are pieced together to reinterpret lost memories and forgotten experiences.
Wan-Jen Chen (born 1982 Taiwan) graduated from the National Taiwan University of Arts in 2005 and studied at the National Graduate School of Art & Technology, The Taipei National University of Arts until 2012. Recent solo shows include: To Hell with Your Future, IT PARK ,Taipei and The Extraordinary Ordinary, VT Artsalon, Taipei. Group exhibitions include: The First “CAFAM · Future” Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; The 2012 Taiwan Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Stand-In Techniques- New Taiwanese video Style, Gallery 456, New York; The 7th Busan International Video Festival; Changwon 2010 Asia Art Festival-THE FANTASTIC GARDEN, and Taiwanpics.doc, Ecole Nationale Supériere des Beaux-Arts de Paris.
Residents from Taiwan
Past Resident2012: Australia Council for the Arts
Benjamin Armstrong creates sculptures, drawings and prints that allude to a prehistoric time yet to come. Working with materials such as wax, wood, blown glass, inks and pigments, the nucleus of his practice is always found through drawing. His objects and images offer the viewer a concentrated palette and powerful simplicity. His works are both graceful and disquieting.
Armstrong (born 1975) will exhibit his work in Gwangju Biennale in September (2012). Previous international projects include: First Life, Xin Dong Cheng Gallery, Beijing (2010); Before and After Science, Adelaide Biennial, Australia (2010); Hong Kong Art Fair (2010); and Still Vast Reserves, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2009). Recent solo exhibitions include: Conjurers, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne (2012) and Hold Everything Dear, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth (2009). Selected group exhibitions include: The Sleep of Reason, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2012); New09, Australian Centre for Contemporary, Melbourne (2009); and Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006). In 2010 Emblem Books published Holding a Thread, covering the last ten years of Armstrong’s practice with an essay by Juliana Engberg and interview by Charlotte Day.
Residents from Australia
Past Resident2012: Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg
Claudia Passeri creates site-specific interventions and contextual pieces that explore human perception in relation to place. Depending on the site and the context, the work takes on social, political, and environmental aspects. Her research has a neo-romantic aspect that seeks, frequently via the use of irony, to reveal the mechanisms that activate the human creative processes, which transform how we view the world.
Claudia Passeri (Born 1977 Luxembourg) lives and works between Luxembourg and Perugia, Italy. Her work has been regularly exhibited in Belgium, France, Italy, Germany and Luxembourg. In 2007, she co-founded the Agence Borderline, a public art project born in the context of the European cultural year 2007 In Luxembourg.