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Chi-Yu Liao [Videonale.13]

*1986 in Tainan TPE, lives and works in Taipei TPE
Studied at Graduate Institute of Art and Technology, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei TPE


Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Miss Farewell, VT ARTSALON, Taipei TPE
2011 Twinkle, Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei TPE

2010 Einzelausstellung ″Mimi Lucy - Never Give Up - The New World″, VT ARTSALON, Taipei TPE
        5th Digital Art Festival Taipei 2010, Bopiliao Historic Blick, Taipei TPE
        7th Busan International Video Festival, Media Center, Busan KOR

        Eattopia - 2010 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-gah Museum, Taipei TPE
        Videoholica Internationa Video Art Festival, Varna, BUL
        Post - adolescence, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung TPE
2008 Taipei Arts Awards, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei TPE
        Einzelausstellung ″It seems to Lie Down in the Holes When Inverted″, VT ARTSALON, Taipei TPE


Chi-Yu Liao [Videonale.13] x

Miss Nice-Looking″, 2009, 6:00, 16:9, 5-channel-installation [Videonale.13]

Chi-Yu Liao presents the viewer with five ordinary live situations in which she is the protagonist. She attempts to play table tennis and jump rope with two of her friends. With another friend she pretends to have a meal, feeding him ice cream while he takes a sausage out of a microwave. In yet another situation, the artist portrays the solitary activities of reading a book or blowing up a balloon while other actors intrude in on the act. Although the scenarios seem believable, the viewer very quickly senses their artificiality. The actors' gestures are too awkward and their poses seem to be even more out of place. A closer look reveals the source of the tension: the actors are blindfolded. They wear plastic masks with huge anime-like eyes painted on them. Suddenly, pictures of daily life become powerful metaphors for constantly failing relationships. They demonstrate people's profound inability to see others and interact with them in a meaningful way. Every activity initiated by the actors halts at its very inception. Yet the actors smile nonchalantly and aloof, in spite of their incessant communicative fiascos. The artist emphasizes that we often live in a virtual reality of imagined relationships that we construct in our heads, lacking the courage to transgress the position of a blinded subject.


Olena Chervonik


Interview auf v13.videonale.org

Chi-Yu Liao