CHEN, Hsiang-Wen


latest update:2022-12-12

An independent curator and freelance writer. Chen previously worked as a journalist and editor for art magazines and is currently the Artistic Director of Digital Art Center, Taipei. Her exhibitions focus in particular on the interrelated dynamics among the displayed artworks; also, with a keen eye for spatial ambience, Chen specializes in constructing exhibition narratives that provide readable and relatable contexts. In recent years, she has participated in numerous curatorial projects, including Life in-betweens: Mongolia and Central Asia, A Contemporary Art Perspective (2022, Taiwan), 16th Digital Art Festival Taipei - Borderless Shelter (2021, Taiwan), Traveling Backwards to the stories we left behind (2021, Taiwan), A Rhythm of Tree Forming the Forest (2021, Taiwan), 15th Digital Art Festival Taipei-01_LOVE (2020, Taiwan), Letter.Callus.Post-War (2019, Indonesia; Taiwan), Expanded Experimental Animation Festival IV (2019, Taiwan), Is/In-Land: Mongolian-Taiwanese Contemporary Art Exchange Project (2018, Taiwan; Mongolia), and Hybrid and Metamorphosis - Yang Mao-Lin’s Mythology (2018, Taiwan).

By contextualizing the historical and cultural milieu in Taiwan, Chen’s research and curatorial approach aim at mapping out the structure of relevant historical and geological backgrounds so as to depict the atlas of Asian cultural spirit. Since 2016, she started travelling around different cities in Asia and conducting research-based art projects, of which concept is rooted in the shared history between Taiwan and other regions, in close collaboration with artists. For Chen, this process-based approach is central to her curatorial practice.

  • Selected Curatorial Experiences
  • 2022

    Jungle Jungle — ZHANG XU zhan Solo Exhibition, exhibition producer, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2022

    Life in-betweens: Mongolia and Central Asia, A Contemporary Art Perspective, a collaboration with Gantuya Badamgarav and Nobuo Takamori, Mongolian and Tibetan Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2021

    16th Digital Art Festival Taipei - Borderless Shelter, The Red House, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2021

    Traveling Backwards to the stories we left behind, MoCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2021

    A Rhythm of Tree Forming the Forest, a collaboration with Tsai Ming-Jiun, Chiayi Art Museum, Chiayi, Taiwan

  • 2020

    15th Digital Art Festival Taipei - 01_LOVE, a collaboration with Lee Yen-Yi, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2019

    Letter.Callus.Post-War, Galeri Lorong, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2019

    Expanded Experimental Animation Festival IV, a collaboration with Zhang Xu Zhan, Digital Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2018

    Hybrid and Metamorphosis - Yang Mao-Lin’s Mythology, Changhua County Art Museum, Changhua, Taiwan

  • 2017

    Golden Jasmine — Lo Yi-Chun Solo Exhibition, Meinong Hakka Cultural Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

  • 2016

    Twilight from Corner: Tainan Early Stage Space Survey I, a collaboration with Ocular Space, project researchers: Cheng Wen-Hsien, Yang Chia-Hsuan and Ho Yu-Kuan, Howl Space, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2015

    Immersing in, FreeS Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2014

    The Wormhole Theater (Document no. E120N23), a collaboration with Yves Chiu, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

  • 2014

    Missing Words, 182artspace, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2014

    Neo Helen, 182artspace, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2012

    Legend Surrogate, 57 Art Studio, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2019-

    Artistic Director, Digital Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan