Chen Chieh-Jen

Chen Chieh-Jen, Taiwan

Chen Chieh-Jen was born in 1960 in Taiwan. His artistic career began with illegal action, in which he challenged the limits of expression under the martial law system of his country. His actions were staged in the public sphere in guerilla-style performances and underground exhibitions.

His work explores Taiwan’s modern history, from its colonial subjugation, through to the Cold War period, its position as a key base in global capitalism production, and its evolution into a consumer society. He has focused his production on ambitious video work, highlighting current social and political issues in Taiwan.

With Public Delivery Video festival Fairy Tales, 2015

Fairy Tales - Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art

Fairy Tales was a video art festival at the Plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.

Lida Abdul, Afghanistan
Said Atabekov, Kazakhstan
Mohamed Bourouissa, Algeria
Chen Chieh-Jen, Taiwan
Cao Fei, China
Yang Fudong, China
Cyprien Gaillard, France
Dejan Kaludjerović, Yugoslavia
Mari Kim, South Korea
Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Thailand
Taus Makhacheva, Russia
Almagul Menlibayeva, Kazakhstan
Mariko Mori, Japan
Ahmet Ögüt, Turkey
Adrian Paci, Italy
Public Delivery, South Korea
Wang Qingsong, China
Walid Raad, Lebanon
Cheng Ran, China & Item Idem, France
Taps & Moses, Germany
Guido van der Werve, Netherlands
Erwin Wurm, Austria
Miao Xiaochun, China



Chen Chieh-Jen – Factory, 2003, 30 min 50 sec, super 16 mm transferred to DVD, no sound

Exhibited: Factory, 2003

The video focuses on a group of women, all of whom have worked in the factory from which the video takes its name. As in many of his works, Jen involves non-professional actors from social fringe groups that form the subject of his production.

Here, as with many other factories in Taiwan, the factory closed and reopened in a country that offers cheaper labor. Chieh-Jen asked them to return to the site to reenact the work they used to carry out.

Less concerned with an exact historical reconstruction, he exposed feelings and emotions that the charged space provoked. Through people who have been forgotten, Jen counters the inevitable progress and course of history.

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