Nicolas Provost’s work reflects on the grammar of cinema, the human condition in our collective film memory and the relation between visual art and the cinematic experience. His films provoke both recognition and alienation, and succeed in catching our expectations in an unraveling game of mystery and abstraction. With manipulations of time, codes and form, cinematographic and narrative language is analyzed, accents are shifted and new stories are told.
Nicolas Provost (born in Ronse, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels following 10 years in Norway. His films have been exhibited worldwide and have earned awards and screenings at prestigious festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Berlinale, San Sebastian Film Festival and Locarno Film Festival. Solo exhibitions include The Seattle Art Museum; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, France; Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium; and Haunch of Venison, London. His award-winning first feature film The Invader had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival 2011.
Residents from Belgium
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
Ambie Abaño’s shift from painting to printmaking brought her to an exploration of the medium as she investigates portraiture in relation to both material and process. From two-dimensional prints, her experimental works led to the creation of portraits and figures in sculpture, mixed media works, and installations, always with an element of traditional printmaking processes.
Ambie Abaño (born Manila 1967) abandoned the practice of architecture in favor of being a visual artist. She exhibits widely in the Philippines and across Asia. Abaño is a faculty member at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. For the past six years, she served as president of the Philippine Association of Printmakers and remains active in their training program. Her solo exhibitions include: SurFACE (2011); Sanctuaire des memoires (2012) at the Alliance Francaise de Manille, and TransFIGURATION at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (2006). She participated in A/P: Analog Playground, Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila; The Speaking House, Kerala, India (2012); Asian International Art Exhibition (2007-2011), and Open Studios at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2011).