Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bibliography of Chang Chien-Chi

In his work, Chien-Chi Chang makes manifest the abstract concepts of alienation and connection. “The Chain,” a collection of portraits made in a mental asylum in Taiwan, caused a sensation when it was shown at La Biennale di Venezia (2001) and the Bienal de Sao Paolo (2002). The shocking, nearly life-sized photographs of pairs of patients literally chained together resonate with Chang’s jaundiced look at the less visible bonds of marriage. He has treated marital ties in two books—I do I do I do (2001), a collection of images depicting alienated grooms and brides in Taiwan, and in Double Happiness (2005), a brutal depiction of the business of selling brides in Vietnam. The ties of family and of culture are also the themes of an ambitious project begun in 1992. For 16 years, Chang has photographed the bifurcated lives of Chinese immigrants in New York’s Chinatown, along with those of their wives and families back home in Fujian. A work in progress, “China Town” was hung at the National Museum of Singapore in 2008 as part of a one-man show, “Doubleness.” Chang’s investigation of the ties that bind one person to another draws on his own deeply divided immigrant experience. Born in Taiwan in 1961, Chang studied at Soochow University (B.A. 1984) and at Indiana University (M.S. 1990). He joined the prestigious photo agency Magnum in 1995 and now lives with his wife in Taipei and in New York City.

The Map-Chien-Chi Chang-Columbus 06 June 2006

London 22 June 2006

Taipei 21 July 2006
©Chien-Chi Chang/Magnum Photos

by Chien-Chi Chang
Opening reception: 11 Oct 2008, 2pm


開幕 : 2008 年10月11日(星期六)下午2點


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