Su Misu (b. 1990) currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.
As a photographer, Su Misu is known for exploring gender, BDSM and LGBTQ+ topics. Coming from a medical background, she’s interested in the “Synthetic”, the “Unnatural”, and other embodiments, using photography to discuss the struggle between the real and the illusory. Her work draws from Lacan’s psychoanalytic concept of the mirror stage, which is where a subject becomes alienated from itself and is introduced into an imaginary order. In her series ihategoodbye (2016), the artist, as the narrator in the documentation of a past relationship, looks closely at how she felt during those special moments, just before pressing the shutter of her camera. The virtual images reflect reality but are combined with the instability of alienation and estrangement.
Su Misu has participated in many important exhibitions and festivals, including: “Every Man is an Artist” – Talking About Artists’ Social Engagement, Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei (TW, 2020); “Chi-Wen Produces:”, Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei (TW, 2019); “Mulan, Make Up!”, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, Los Angeles (US, 2019); “Milan Meets Taiwan: Su Misu & NanaSSuS, Tempio del Futuro”, Milan (IT, 2019); “Pink Night, Far East Film Festival”, Udine (IT, 2019); “Su Misu solo-exhibition: I am a fake but my heart is true, Part II”, Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei (TW, 2019); “Fun Femme Festival, Lez’s Meeting”, Treasure Hill, Taipei (TW, 2017); “AbyssHot x Su Misu x Ching w/Soda Plains”, Korner, Taipei (TW, 2017); “Wet”, Foto Aura, Tainan (TW, 2016); “ihategoodbye, Su Misu x BDSM company x Zuvia De”, Bengmipang, Kaohsiung (TW, 2016); “Androgyny XXX Party”, Neo Studio, Taipei (TW, 2016); “ConText, BDSM Company”, Chung Shan Creative Hub, Taipei (TW, 2014); “Maya Mai x Walker x Su Misu, Against Again Troupe”, Taipei (TW, 2014); “Anti-oppressive”, Tsai Jui-yueh Dance Research Institute, Taipei (TW, 2014); “Cave Project – Body Suspension”, Taiwan UFO Cultural & Creative Park, Taipei (TW, 2014).
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