Chih-Chien Wang

CHIH-CHIEN WANG
September 12 – October 12, 2013

Born in Taiwan, Chih-Chien Wang has been living in Montreal since 2002. He obtained a BFA in Theatre and Cinema from the Chinese Culture University in Taipei in 1994, and worked for several television companies producing documentaries before moving to Canada. Wang obtained an MFA in Studio Arts at Concordia University in 2006.

Wang’s works, mainly in photography or video, frequently contain subtle traces which might refer to personal, cultural or social concerns while dealing primarily with his everyday experience.

Wang has participated in residency programs at Prim (Montreal, 2005), El Basilisco (Buenos Aires, 2007) and Sagamie (Alma, 2008). Since 2004, Wang’s works have been seen in exhibitions held in Montreal, Lausanne, Milan, New York, Ping Yao, Peterborough, Toronto, Boston, Miami and Beijing. Recent solo and group exhibitions include, in Montreal at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Optica, Artefact, Dare-Dare (Mois de la photo à Montréal 2007), and the 2008 Quebec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; in Toronto at Gallery 44 and as part of Nuit Blanche; and in Beijing at Zenith Gallery (2008). His work can found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne), le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and in several corporate and private collections.

My work focuses on the everyday experience. I use photography and video to examine texture, smell or existence of life, and, accompanying with sensibility, I also express my concern about urban environment and cultural differentiation. These concerns sometimes resemble my understanding about people, sometimes reflect the space which I live in, and sometimes answer my doubt about the self. The intrigued signal happens so often that it seems normal to be ignored; however, once it opens up the awareness, the magic of recognition flows.

– Chih-Chien Wang

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