Wu Chia-Yun Solo Exhibition

The Moment of Consciousness






The Moment of Consciousness: Wu Chia-Yun Solo Exhibition


Artist | Wu Chia-Yun

Duration | April 17 – May 16, 2021 (10:00-19:00 Closed on Mondays)

Opening | April 17 Sat. 3:00 p.m.

Artist Talk | May 2 Sun. 3:00 p.m. Talk with Austin Ming-Han Hsu

Venue | Powen Gallery map


In popular Eastern belief, we believe that the worlds of the living and the dead overlap one another; it’s just that we cannot touch or see the other world. Ghosts are nothing more than people who have died. As there is a Yang (the world of the living), so there must also be a Yin (the world of the dead). In line with this understanding, I have always believed that, some day, I will again see those dear to me who have passed on; we will make up for the regrets left over from the Yang. However, our human understanding towards after death is nothing. Albert Camus said that, so long as we maintain the hope that religion brings for the next life, human can resolve almost anything that troubles us; but this kind of hope causes one to passively accept fate, like Sisyphus eternally pushing the giant rock. As a Buddhist who believes in karma, I consider myself to be like Sisyphus. Viewed in terms Daoist philosophy’s concept of “wu-wei” (doing without doing), “existence” is none other than what Camus called it: absurd. The truth of life is to live without the constraints of “meaning”. However, if one takes a pessimistic position, life always ends; the living may only be the temporarily “not yet dead”. So, then, is there a vast gap between life and death, or are they intimately intwined? Where does the ghost go on to its journeys? The Moment of Consciousness attempts to view the world from a state of neither life nor death; using philosophical inquiry about life, the exhibition probes questions about death, and gives insight into the meaning of the existence of the self.


When the giant rock tumbles back down the mountain, that is a moment of consciousness. If life is a tragedy, then because we are “conscious” of our life, while we are in pain, we are simultaneously also the masters of our fates. So the question is why are we searching for the meaning of life in the sufferings? Based on symbols of fate and karma, this exhibition extends into film, mixed media, and sculpture, to create a site-specific installation within the white cube of Powen Gallery. Through recreating the art space and reconstructing the definition of artworks, the works reflects on the essence of art exhibition to explore other potential dimensions. Viewers are invited to perceive “the living world / the earthly world / the material world”, and to raise the consciousness of the present.


About the Artist


Wu Chia-Yun (b.1988, Taiwan) received an MA degree in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art (London) and an MFA degree in Motion Picture from the National Taiwan University of Arts (Taipei). She is an artist and filmmaker based in Taipei, her work is a mixture of image, video, mixed media and installation, focusing on the topics of “human condition” and “the time of image”. Wu explores the possibilities of images with the use of poetic languages, blurring the boundary between narrative and non-narrative. To study the essence of image, she often transforms the property of the materials into her work by craftsmanship; and through examining the relationships between material and image, she reflects her observation towards lifetimes from the perspective of philosophy.


Wu has been awarded as Emerging Artist Made in Taiwan by the Ministry of Culture (2017), First Prize of Kaohsiung Awards by the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (2019) and has had a solo exhibition at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2019). Her works have also been internationally selected to the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (2021), European Media Art Festival (2020), Proyector Festival de Videoarte (2019) and collected by The European Independent Film Channel (2015).