Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) announces that Tehching Hsieh is the chosen artist that will represent the Taiwan Pavilion at the upcoming Venice Biennale, the curatorial duties will be handled by the British curator Adrian Heathfield .
The representation of Hsieh, worldwide known for his yearlong performances in New York, in which he investigated the emotional and physical limits of the human body and behavior, will be settled in the 18th century Palazzo delle Prigioni, a past former prison that will suite perfectly the artist’s works, as Heathfield described as “an ideal setting for the work of an artist who understands more than most…the meaning and cost of ‘doing time,’ and the nature of lives lived at the edges of what we call society.”
With high anticipation Hsieh remarks that on top of the great honor of being the selected artist to represent Taiwan at the 57th Venice Biennale “this exhibition is a rare opportunity to show previously unseen early works that I made in Taiwan, and to develop new understandings of my “One Year Performances in New York.”
- Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1981-82.
- Tehching Tsieh, Carriageworks, Install Documentation
- Tehching Hsieh on Day 1, left, and Day 365, locked up for art, ph.credit Chester Higgins Jr