CHOU Ching-Hui

Ching-hui Chou’ s photographs were all shot with 8 x 10 format color films. Through these exquisite images with saturated colors, he was able to present a visual quality that surpassed ordinary vision. Combined with a surrealistic scene and atmosphere, he guided the audience to gradually inspect all the elements and details in the images, searching for clues for interpreting these mysterious pictures to connect or resonate with their personal experiences. Chou negotiated to use Hsinchu Zoo and Shoshan Zoo in Kaohsiung as the sets of his photography project, and deliberately chose the twilight moment to shoot his works. In his opinion, the moment when light and colors blurred as well as when day transitioned into night was the perfect temporal equivalent for delineating the overlapping condition of the overt and covert tendencies in human psyche.

While creating this so-called “directed photography” that is grand and theatrical in style and serves as a form of social discourse, Chou has also made close-up, sympathetic portraits for individual character on his sets. These secular characters were styled in fashionable clothing and looks from the 70s, revealing the artist’s particular, nostalgic feelings for a certain belle époque in the past. The representation of their clear visages and postures as ordinary people, on the other hand, contrasted the inescapable yet gradually numbing human condition in the contemporary social and cultural environment they lived in.

EDUCATION

1988  Developed interest in photography

2004  Established Ushow Visual Design Company.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015  Animal Farm – Ching-hui Chou Solo Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

2015  Animal Farm– Ching-hui Chou Solo Exhibition, ElsaArt Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2010  “Wild Aspirations – The Yellow Sheep River Project. Istituto degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy

2009  Wild Aspirations – The Yellow Sheep River Project solo exhibition: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2004  Vanishing Breed – Workers Chronicle solo exhibition: Quanta Building Hall, Taipei ,Taiwan

2004  Vanishing Breed – Workers Chronicle solo exhibition: Immersing in Art, Quanta Campus Tour Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

2002  Vanishing Breed – Workers Chronicle solo exhibition: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2002  Vanishing Breed – Workers Chronicle solo exhibition: The 2nd Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Shanxi, China

1997  Frozen in Time – Chronicle of a Leper Colony solo exhibition: National Ching-Hua University Arts Center, Hsinchu, Taiwan

1995  Frozen in Time – Chronicle of a Leper Colony solo exhibition: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1989  Juan Yi-chung Darkroom Studio – Image Notebook group exhibition: Jazz Photo Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1993  Eslite Six Photographers Exhibition: Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1995  Modern Taiwanese Photographers Group Exhibition: Okinawa Photography Festival, Japan

1996  Frozen in Time – Chronicle of a Leper Colony solo exhibition selected for exhibition in Asian View – Asia in Transition photography exhibition: Tokyo 1996  Metropolitan

          Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

1997  Executive director of Seeing the Native Son – Chronicle of Taiwanese Hakka in Shadow and Light photography exhibition: Chung Cheng Gallery, 1997  National Taiwan Arts Education Institute, Taipei, Taiwan

1997  Executive director, Taiwan Shiseido – Through the Years photography exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

1997  Women – Taipei group exhibition: Taipei city government, Taipei, Taiwan

1997  Portraits of Taiwan Group Photography Exhibition – Classic Chronicle of a Half Century of Faces: Taipei Photography Gallery, Taipei Taiwan

1998  Contemporary Taiwanese Photography group exhibition: NCP Photography Gallery, Hong Kong, China

1998  Old-Taipei-People group exhibition: Taipei city government, Taipei, Taiwan

1999  From Observing to Understanding – Modern Photographic Art from Taiwan1990-99: Kuo Mu Sheng Foundation Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

1999  Industrious Taipei People group exhibition: Taipei city government, Taipei, Taiwan

2000  Third Taipei International Photography Festival group exhibition: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2003  Humanism China – A Contemporary Record of Photography group exhibition: Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

2004  Humanism China – A Contemporary Record of Photography group exhibition: Shanghai Art Museum, Chinese Fine Arts Museum of Beijing, China

2006  Humanism China – A Contemporary Record of Photography group exhibition: Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery Stuttgart, Germany

2006  Taipei – Views and Points: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2007  Humanism China – A Contemporary Record of Photography group exhibition: Berlin Museum of Photography, Munich Museum of Contemporary  Art, Germany

2007  Evolution –2007 Guangzhou Photo Biennial exhibition: Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

2008  Humanism China – A Contemporary Record of Photography group exhibition: Dresden State Art Museum, Germany

2008  Humanism China – A Contemporary Record of Photography group exhibition: Edinburgh City Art Center, England

2008  Home –2008 Taiwan Biennial exhibition: Nation Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung

2009  Sightings: Searching for the Truth –2009 Guangzhou Photo Biennial exhibition: Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

2009  Cultural Insights from Taiwanese Documentary Photography–Taiwanese Find Arts Series: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2010  Four Dimensions –Contemporary Photography from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau : Hong Kong Arts Centre

2011  “Stories Developing-10 Contemporary Photographers of Taiwan” Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2001  “Eye of the Times-Centennial Images of Taiwan” Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2012  “Into Society: Critical Realism in Taiwanese Photographic Arts since 1990” Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2013  “Innovation&Re-creation”Selected Works from the NTMOFA Young Artist Collection

2013  Nation Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung

2014  “2014Taipei Biennial -The Great Acceleration ” Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Taipei, Taiwan

2015  “Changjiang International Photography & Video Biennale”, Chong Ching, China

2015  “ The Hidden Me: Self-Portraits”: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

COLLECTIONS

 

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

EXHIBITIONS AT CRANE GALLERY

2015.10.03
Animal Farm