Ching-hui CHOU lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. His works features in-depth depiction of specific groups of people or communities in modern society. While inspired by social issues and events, Chou applies an artistic approach that seeks to interpret true stories through near-theatrical representations. For Chou, photography represents a tool for social observation and reflection and provides means for validating one’s self and existence.
Artistic project : Animal Farm
Animal Farm, is based on Chou’s five-year-long photography project. In this project, the photos were all shot with 8 x 10 format color films. 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. In his project, Chou turns to zoos as his muses and sites of actual photo making. Absurdity and displacement were emphasized as a series of eerie yet visually opulent images were formed. The home now looked like a cage, while the border between manmade interiors and the wilderness became blurred, which indicates the sumptuous yet often baffled life of modern civilization.
Audioguide : listen to the artist’s reflexion on the theme « Play and Distraction »
© Chou Ching Hui