: Mr. Jao is a new media artist who has gained great attention and exhibited around the world. His works are primarily investigations of the power structures in the art world and the resulting marginalization and politics this creates. His current project, Statement, which was featured at the 2010 Taipei Biennale at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, is an exploration of the artist’s statement. Examining artist statements in Taiwan from 1930 to today, and “enacting” them with the help of the general public, Mr. Jao’s videos show how the meaning of art is produced in all its linguistic and performative aspects. Mr. Jao’s Statement explores how the jargon of the contemporary art world has influenced the work itself. His research conducted in New York shed light on how the public understands art practice from different perspectives and contributed to Statement’s finished articulation.
Grants Awarded2011 | Arts, General | United States
to observe contemporary art activities in New York and to continue the research for an art project Statement