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Chou Yu-Cheng

Born 1976 in Taipei (Taiwan),
lives and works in Taipei (Taiwan)

Often based on collaborations or partnerships with companies, Chou Yu-Cheng’s works reveal the strategies of public and private sector funding behind the modes of producing artworks and contemporary art exhibitions. The artist explores the processes by which aesthetic, symbolic, social and economic values are constructed and validated in the art world. For the Biennale, Chou Yu-Cheng did not seek to produce a new work requiring artisanal or manufactured production. Keeping his distance, he chose to act as an “intermediary” and to borrow, from a specialised recycling firm, bales of cardboard before they were processed into paper pulp. The artist used them as elements in the exhibition’s scenography. Stacked unchanged to form a wall, the bales acquire a temporary function, as they partition off an inaccessible part of the site. The artist’s act is devised as a reflection of the current challenges facing industry: cutting the cost of producing and processing raw material, while also adopting a recycling-based rationale that increases profits to benefit from a positive “green” image.

With the support of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Taiwan Culturel Center, Paris
With the assistance of Paprec and with the kind participation of Dupeyssey group

Chou Yu-Cheng, Goods, Acceleration, Package, Express, Convenience, Borrow, Digestion, Regeneration, PAPREC Group (détail), 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste, de la Biennale de Lyon 2019 et [of the artist, the 2019 Lyon Biennale and] PAPREC Group. © Blaise Adilon