Linhuei Chen

sociaal-maatschappelijk, schilderen, Objecten, installatie, Diaspora
Memory Diaspora: Plantae - Dimension: 247x200 cm acylic on wood panel This painting Plantae represents part of the world of the Memory Diaspora, where the artist depicts a digital world; where consciousness and subconsciousness are stored and transform freely, where memories exist as a diaspora. To construct this world, Chen started with collecting people’s memories about plants, which they give to her in a spoken text. She listens to those stories and visualizes the plants according to their memories. In this painting, she lets the viewers enter this fantasized world: where people’s memories about plants intertwine, connect and evolve, where there is no border, nor the hierarchy of colours and culture, where the consciousness and subconsciousness should not be forgotten.
Book: The Third Space (2019)
The Third Space - Painting installation with video, sound, 3D objects Audio in the space can be found : https://memoryarchiver.bandcamp.com/track/the-3rd-space
How to Get the Direction in the Water
Mental Image Analysis & Research on transcultural people’s notion of home / 2021 (on going) - I have designed/ hosted several therapeutic art workshops for people with multicultural backgrounds. With the support from CBA Rotterdam and Mondriaan fonds, I created several videos of the workshops with which people can access online and create images themselves. I analyzed the images that people created from the online art therapy sessions in order to understand the mental images of transcultural people at a collective level. Furthermore, I transformed the analysis and inspiration from the public participation to make this painting.
Metaphoric Optical Viewer: Journey to the West - During the residency at V2, I made two videos that reflect my life experiences about the past and now, with the stereoscopic images. In both videos, you can see the I am putting Chinese Opera make-up on while the music of the Chinese instrument gong is playing. It is an improvising performance in which I transform into the Handsome Monkey King, who is a famous character in the classical Chinese epic Journey to the West This performance is a key element that connects other autobiographical footage of this two channel video installation and symbolises her transformation during my journey to the West. In this project, Chen integrates modern technology with the classic stereoscope to extend the possibility of her visual research: the source of the stereo-image is not limited to small, two-dimensional still images anymore. This setup allows the viewer to engage and experience the stories the artist conveys through different dimensions of media and multiple sensations.
Village of Forgetting & Remembering: 4 villagers: 1 x Taiwanese Dutch, 1 x Dutch and 2 x Taiwanese & Dutch mix - 2023/oil on canvas/50x120cm Triggered by my social practice in a Dutch nursing home during Lockdown, I developed a board game called Village of Forgetting & Remembering (2023), where players design their transcultural retirement village, with which we explore the sense of belonging through cultural aspects. The paintings are inspired by the memories and stories shared during the workshops.
Village of Forgetting & Remembering Board Game (4 to 10 players) - Triggered by my social practice in a Dutch nursing home during Lockdown, I developed a board game called Village of Forgetting & Remembering (2023), where players design their transcultural retirement village, with which we explore the sense of belonging through cultural aspects.
Memory Diaspora: Reminiscence Objects - This series is influenced by my experience giving reminiscence art therapy to demented people during the pandemic. I used Dutch-reminiscent objects to retrieve their memories and help them to remember who they were. As a Taiwanese immigrant, I wonder what kinds of objects should be used for people with transcultural backgrounds and have been making paintings as a way of archiving the objects I collect. These works express my personal experiences of exploring memories among different cultures and my curiosity to understand a new culture.
Metaphoric Stereoscope: Tatong Doll, 1969, Taiwan (watercolor on photography, brass, lenses 11x9x5 cm) - This series of work is part of my research on reminiscence objects in 2023. The photographed objects are the objects I collected from various countries such as, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Japan, Korea and other European countries. I made this viewer with a series of B&W old object photos. I coloured them to recreate their look. Tatong Doll is a prevalent household object from 70’s Taiwan.

Rotterdam ABC Book

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Locatie: Katendrecht
In samenwerking met: Fenix Museum of Migration

Fenix Museum of Migration plans to publish a new Rotterdam book with essential perspectives of immigrants and newcomers in Rotterdam. I am commissioned for the research process and the illustration of this book. The content of this book will be determined based on the results of various participatory workshops and city walking tours with Rotterdam citizens from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Memory Diaspora-Plantae

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Locatie: Groene Heuvels – Beuningen
In samenwerking met: Nest, Down the Rabbit Hole music festival

I received the invitation from Nest to make a painting (247x 200 cm) as part of a massive painting mural project for the music festival Down the Rabbit Hole together with other great artists. With a beautiful theme, “Acradia,” it inspired me to connect my Plantae project. With this painting, I wish to bring the viewers to enter (part of) this world: where people’s memories about plants intertwine, connect and evolve freely, where there is no border, nor the hierarchy of colors and culture.

https://downtherabbithole.nl/

Spring Board Art Fair

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Locatie: Werkspoorkathedraal
In samenwerking met: This Work fundation, Spring Board Art Fair

I showed works from the series Memory Diaspora Reminiscence Objects.

This series is influenced by my experience giving art therapy to demented people during the pandemic. I used Dutch-reminiscent objects to retrieve their memories and help
them to remember who they were. As a Taiwanese immigrant, I wonder what kinds of objects should be used for people with transcultural backgrounds. The works presented at the fair express my experiences exploring memories among different cultures.

Investigating Transcultural Care: Village of Forgetting & Remembering

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Locatie: Goethe Institute Rotterdam
In samenwerking met: Goethe Institute Rotterdam

Triggered by my social practice in a Dutch nursing home during Covid pandemic lockdown, I wanted to research on transcultural care and co-living space for immigrants in the Netherlands. During this residency, I developed a board game called Village of Forgetting & Remembering (2023) where players design their transcultural retirement village, with which we explore the sense of belonging through cultural aspects.

https://youtu.be/hAGPrnj5ReY?si=ixPwBuIJWGjOm60Y

Echo to Every Footstep

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Locatie: Huidenclub
In samenwerking met: Kwinnie Le, Laiyan Cheng, CBK Rotterdam, Gemeente Rotterdam, Pictoright, Stichtingstokroos

Echo to Every Footstep is a cultural manifestation that delves into the complexities between the South East & East Asian diasporic communities in the multicultural Dutch society, aiming to break archetypal portrayals. I presents a painting with which I transformed transcultural people's notions of home into collective ideas based on the result of the research project: Mental Image analysis of Transcultural People's Notions of Home in 2021.

https://www.instagram.com/echo.to.footstep/

V2 Winter Sessions

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Locatie: V2_
In samenwerking met: V2_

Different kinds of optical viewers appear in my work as metaphors for how I look at my past and observe my life in the Netherlands. During the winter session at V2, I explored the visual effects created by the stereoscope: merging two images and forming the third possibility by engaging the viewers' personal visual processing experience in the brain. For me, the constantly merging, overlapping, and changing status serves as a metaphor for how I experience cultural hybridity.

https://v2.nl/archive/people/linhuei-chen

Young Art Kaohsiung

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Locatie: Pier 2
In samenwerking met: Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City Government

My works were selected to show in Young Art Kaohsiung 2021, which is held by Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City Government to support emerging artists. 34 artists were selected this year.

http://yak.tw/en/

The Third Space

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Locatie: boox.space
In samenwerking met: boox.space

Invited by boox.space to present my artist book "The Third Space" and artworks belong to this series. Some sketches made during the writing of the book will be shown for the first time. Some new works will also be showing during this exhibition.

https://linhueichen.eu/The-Third-Space

Mental Image Analysis on Transcultural People's Notion of Home

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Locatie: Linhuei Chen Studio
In samenwerking met: Kralingen Crooswijk kunstroute

During this open atelier event, Linhuei Chen presented the result of her participatory project "Mental Image Analysis on Transcultural People's Notion of Home", in which she gave several online art therapy workshops for people who couldn't go back home due to covid restrictions to reflect on their ideas about home and homesick. Chen presented the drawings made by the participants and the painting she made based on the analysis she did from the drawings.

https://linhueichen.eu/Transcultural-People-s-Notions-of-Home

Artist talk/lecture: post colonialism: Cultural Hybridity Homi Bhabha's Third Space

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Locatie: Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten
In samenwerking met: Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten

This artist talk was given as part of the Fine Art Seminar program. During this lecture, I presented my research book: the Third Space, and my works related to diaspora theory and Homi Bhabha's cultural hybridity. Together with the students, we discussed post-colonialism theories and shared our personal experiences.

Artist Talk/workshop: "Home" in the Corona pandemic

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Locatie: online
In samenwerking met: Platform Artists NL Taiwan (PANT)

This workshop is one of PANT online series. Every month one artist is invited to give a lecture or workshop to share their practice with the participants. In this workshop, I used art therapy to guide the participants to explore their feelings about home and homesickness during the Corona pandemic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ2xLbjsm-k

Closed Encounters: How to Get Directions in the Middle of the Water

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Locatie: Hilton Art Lab
In samenwerking met: Hilton Art Lab, Off-Screen

"How to Get Directions in the Middle of the Water" is a large triptych video installation. Each video expresses the inner-personal experiences from different generations: the artist father, the artist and her children. Off Screen, together with Hilton Art Lab, is organizing the video work exhibition Closed Encounters. Monumental projections in the form of triptychs, diptychs and single work by filmmakers and visual artists show the expressiveness of moving images in all its richness.

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