Yin-Ju Chen

The Empress, 2016


Hand-coloured lino print on rice paper
30 x 23 cm
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered by the artist

Yin-Ju Chen (b. 1977, Taiwan) lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. Chen’s primary medium is video, but her works also include photos, installations and drawings. In the past few years she has focused on the function of power in human society, nationalism, racism, totalitarianism, collective thinking or collective (un)conscious. Her recent projects also engage in the relations between cosmos and human behaviour. Chen is particularly interested in the way that humans respond to signs and signals such as those generated through use of Tarot cards. This print, which represents The Empress in a Tarot pack, is the first of an entire set of Tarot cards that Chen intends to create, by hand.

Her most recent solo shows have been exhibited at IT PARK, Taipei City, Taiwan (2015); Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei City, Taiwan (2013); and Blood Orange East, Berlin, Germany (2011). She has been involved in numerous group shows, the most recent having been exhibited in venues and events such as e-flux, New York, USA (2015); NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Dundee, UK (2015); The Cube, Taipei City, Taiwan (2015); and Asia Culture Center (ACC), Gwangju, South Korea (2015). In 2011 she was nominated for the Tiger Award for best short film at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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