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My Private Foreign Affairs 私外交
Yu Cheng-Ta at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

Jun,8,2013-Aug,18,2013

Yu was born in 1983 and has since experienced the diversity of a multiculture and a high degree of exposure to media. It is through this that it has become his signature to reprocess everyday experiences and reflect on the questions these dialogues entail. His work uses conversation to demonstrate the diversity of the messages they carry, employing a dynamic framework of relationships to make art of heterogeneous messages in culture. He is attentive to the breakdowns in communication and how they may be repaired, so that the subjects in his work create a sense of confrontation, or even humor.
Careful observation of body postures is key to discussions of Yu’s work. Body figures in his work can be a reflection of an event or a medium, and they can also be a concept or an unfolding event. It is through penetration, engraving, removal and other methods that many issues are being discussed here. Interactions and dialogues are presented through video installations, initiating a new phase of his works’ deployment.
Therefore, the attentive focus on body figures and languages can be seen as Yu Cheng-Ta’s political questioning in the form of a study on media, which constructs and influences subjects in his work. The deployment of Yu’s work in the exhibition space demonstrates a dialogue between Taiwan’s entanglement in its internal affairs and its situation on the international stage. The array of art pieces contains factual and imaginative dialogues between Taiwan and the world. It is hoped that through clues in spacing and the reading of the art pieces, a field which prompts a reflection on one’s self is presented.


出生於1983年的余政達,經歷了多元文化與高度媒體化經驗的成長歷程,並透過這種從媒體化經驗而來的主體特性,將日常碰觸到的經驗,重新處理並映射出問題感。創作的手法主要以對話展現其中的異質性,運用多變的關係框架,在文化斷面的差異上開展行動,並關注溝通中訊息的斷裂或如何重新縫合,讓彼此主體間的差異產生對質,或是轉變為某種新的趣味。
身體在余政達的創作中,可以事件或媒介的姿態成為對象;無論是將身體做為一種概念來討論,或是事件展演的身體,以及經由被穿透、被銘刻甚至被取消等諸多途徑來思考各種議題。
因此,對身體、語言的關注可視為藝術家將對自身主體的政治性提問,轉化為對那些建構、影響主體的各種「媒介」之研究。展場的空間布置在形式上具有台灣內部及交織其間的國際處境的對話意涵,呈現台灣與世界的真實與想像的對話關係的多組作品,希望在此種經由空間暗示的閱讀路徑中,提出一個思考當代自我主體處境的場域。