Above: “Excerpts from Chen Chieh-jen’s complete video works at the Asia Society… on the effects of globalization on the marginalized in society… and Lingchi Executions” (Video found at YouTube)

“History often gets the better of artists who tackle it head-on, resulting in work that is didactic, parasitic or sensational and adds little to our understanding of its course or to art. In ‘Condensation,’ an exhibition of five videos by the Taiwanese artist Chen Chieh-Jen at Asia Society, these risks are alternately avoided or tripped over, which makes the show a kind of primer of dos and don’ts for art about history.”

-Roberta Smith, Figures Moving as if in a Trance Across an Isolated, Lawless Island New York Times, 7/25/07  

Posted by: Tanya


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