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Jin-Cheng Huang

Artist Profile

Jin-Cheng Huang (1969- ) was born in Danamei Club (Yongmei Village, Dongshan Township, Yilan), and works and lives in Cikasuan (Jian Township, Hualien).

He often uses natural materials and ready-made objects to construct a number of objects or installations, intertwining historical events and daily trivia into narrative poems without rhyme, so that viewers can interpret or misinterpret the works.

He is keenly and critically thinking about the contemporary situation of the aboriginal people under the colonial rule of four hundred years on the island where the Austronesian language started to migrate. His representative works include “Weaving the Disappearing Time and Space” (2014), “Founding” The Imprint of the World (2016) won the International South Island Art Award, Talo’an – Where the Story Begins, New Things, Those from the Sea Calling Here Formosa and the Arrival of Evil Spirits (2017). Poems Unrecognized (2018) etc.


Work title: Skull of City
Work material: hoe, iron
Diameter: 320 (2R) cm

The railway track is a ruler for measuring nostalgia
When the train starts, it will chug chug chug……
Inch by inch, it squares me up the nostalgia
that has accumulated inside my body day and night.
The scenes inside and outside the train are reflected on the windows, overlapped.
Those who are in slumber or staring afar cannot stop their pace.
Those who are in slumber or staring afar cannot distance themselves from distancing away.
Those who fall asleep or stare into the distance cannot do without this distance

In the contrast of the realities of the lives of different communities, it is apparent that the situation encountered by the communities in the history of reclamation still seems to be emerging in the present society. In the process of reclamation of the Lanyang Plain, the Hans were able to take advantage of the “leading knots”, in which 30 to 50 farmers were grouped into a “knot” and led by a “minor knot leader” to carry out reclamation. Above the minor knot leaders were major knot leaders, general knot leaders and land capitalist. The area under the small knot leader is known as knot, and the area under the major knot leader is termed wei. In this work, the hoes, which are used as a symbol of reclamation, form into a ball to illustrate “knot” and “wei”, which serves as warning and a token of sympathy.

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