TSAI, Jia-Zhen


latest update:2021-12-31

Born in 1979 and currently living and working in Taipei, Jia Zhen Tsai holds a teaching position and has chosen the path of independent curator to develop her curation.

With an opportunity to collaborate with Israel, Tsai initiated research on identity and geopolitics, with a focus on video art as the carrier of its exhibition series.

In recent years, apart from geopolitical issues, Tsai also contemplates situational narrative and representation of exhibitions and works.

The curatorial projects from 2008 to 2012 pivot on the similarities and differences in contemporary Taiwan and Israel geopolitics as mirror images. Though mirroring attempts to discuss similarities, the works from two disparate places each present a locality and highlights the difference in development in their geographic regions.

However, the recent ongoing Korean project not only continues the theme of geopolitics, but also studies how works and curatorial projects expand on the concept of “narrative.” Compared with arguments of abstract ideas, narrative is more aligned with epistemology.

In addition to the application and study of narrative, Tsai also wrote short stories as exhibition discourse to construct a context for comprehension. In the exhibition projects from 2019 to 2020, Tsai works from the point of view of a female curator protagonist. The chapter opens with a family incident to retrospectively regard a tragedy of the times, and subsequently integrates stories and scenes with the discourse of the works in the exhibition and its context.

  • 2020

    Composing Daily Fragments into Poems, Goyona Jung + Shawn Park, MoCA Taipei Studio, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2020

    WE ARE BOUND TO MEET/Chapter One: Many Wounded Walk Out of the Monitor, They Turn a Blind Eye and Brush Past Me, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2019

    WE ARE BOUND TO MEET/Chapter One: Many Wounded Walk Out of the Monitor, They Turn a Blind Eye and Brush Past Me, LOOP ALT SPACE, Seoul, Korea

  • 2018

    The name without an owner, the sound of my call, SeMA NANJI Residency, Seoul, Korea

  • 2014-2015

    Why does the wind blow whenever we remember loved ones?, Jungju AN + Sojung JUN, TheCube Project Space + tamtamART TAIPEI .IPIX, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2014

    City Spirit, photography exhibition of TAD festival, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2014

    Tensional Boundary, tamtamART TAIPEI .IPIX, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2012

    Ambiguous Being, tamtamART BERLIN, Berlin (6/2~6/30) + Kav16 gallery, Tel Aviv (7/5~8/3) + Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei (8/25~9/23)

  • 2012

    Gaze upon my gaze, Art Museum @ The Art Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan

  • 2012

    Unspoken, Regulate/Rhythem, Month of Performance Art Berlin, Artist: Lee, Pei-Ling, tamtamART BERLIN, Berlin, Germany

  • 2011

    Live Ammo, MoCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan (Curating Collective: Lin Hongjohn, Chen Haoyi, Yang Yalin, Chen Zian, Tsai Jia-Zhen)

  • 2010

    Unconditioned Miscellaneum, 5 artists, 5 video art works come from 5 countries, plus 3 events, Pingpong Artspace, Taipei, Taiwan (Curating Collective: Pingpong Artspace)

  • 2009

    When I'm getting older, with you, Niu Chun-Chiang Solo Exhibition, Nanhai Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2009

    Taiwan ╳ Israel Young Artists Interchange Exhibition, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2008

    Borderline.Mirrorlike: Taiwan ╳ Israel Young Artists Interchange Exhibition, Huashan Culture Park, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2011

    Taipei National University of the Arts, Gtaduate Insitute of Art History, School of Fine Arts, degree of Master of Arts

  • 2002

    National Taipei Teachers College, Department of Special Education, degree of Bachelor

  • Residence
  • 2018

    SeMA NANJI Residency, Seoul, Korea

  • 2013

    Cité internationale des Arts, Paris, France