2017 Frieze New York
May 5 – 7, 2017
Represented Artists | Yin-Ju Chen
Chi-Wen for Frieze NY 2017 presents Yin-Ju Chen’s Extrastellar Evaluations (2016).
Chen explores the function of power in human society, collective thinking and collective unconsciousness, and most recently the relationship between human behaviour and the cosmos. Extrastellar Evaluations continues her research into dystopia, conspiracy and art history.
Referencing a theory within biogeography that posited the existence of a “lost land” called Lemuria, the work envisions a version of history in which Lemurians lived among humans in mid-20th-century America, under the guise of renowned artists. The 1960s are presented as a key era that saw significant events, including the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Cultural Revolution and the civil rights movement.
Chen’s work highlights the destructiveness of human activities and the need to step back and reassess.