Rats Will Be Rats
Chang Yun-Han Solo Exhibition
就在藝術空間很榮幸於五月份推出2018台北獎優選藝術家張允菡個展《老鼠終究仍是老鼠》，此展覽圍繞著紐約這座城市而起，卻仍依循著藝術家過往的創作脈絡，描繪當代社會中屬於「人」的感知與存在狀態。展覽預覽訂於4月27日(週六)下午4點，並於5月13日（週一）下午7點半將在「在地實驗計畫論壇」Etat Forum 舉行藝術家座談。
Project Fulfill Art Space is pleased to present Rats Will Be Rats, a solo exhibition by artist Chang Yun-Han, who was awarded with Honorable Mention at the 2018 Taipei Arts Awards. The exhibition revolves around the city of New York, exploring the artist’s continued interest in the perception and existence of humanity in contemporary society. An artwork preview will be held on 27 April at 4pm, and an artist talk will be held on 13 May at 7:30pm as part of the Etat Forum talk series.
New York is a stage for the world’s dreams, offering a distinct consumer culture and heightened capitalism, attracting large numbers of people who migrate there in pursuit of their dreams. The convergence of people stimulates the city and creates its own narrative, which in turn attracts more people drawn by its illusion.
The exhibition will include Chang Yun-Han’s two-channel video work American Dream, originally conceived from the artist’s own writings, she invites a magician and a storyteller to reinterpret the text and create a performance reflecting on the metaphors and feelings the artist has towards New York. The work implies the city’s habitants constantly watching its mesmerizing acts and narratives, although aware that what they see before them is not real, they are nevertheless willing to relish in the enjoyment of the city’s performance. American Dream was first exhibited in 2018 as part of Chang’s solo exhibition New Directions at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.
Also exhibited is the series Have you ever dreamed of this place? Consisting of drawings created while Chang was artist in residence at Residency Unlimited, New York in 2017. The work is based on stills taken from the 1986 animated film An American Tail, drawn onto foreign language newspapers collected from across New York. The film follows a group of Jewish mice emigrating from Russia and their journey sailing across the sea arriving in New York. America is portrayed as a free and democratic country, full of hope and opportunity. Such films from the artist’s childhood promoted an ideal image of America, corresponding closely to the artist’s experience growing up surrounded with a positive impression towards immigration. These memories of her childhood were shaken by the reality of what she saw during her time living in New York. By juxtaposing the animated film’s ideal view with the stark reality portrayed in the newspaper articles, the artist raises the question; what kind of better life does migration lead us to imagine?
Sponsored by the National Culture and Arts Foundation