TKG+ Projects is pleased to present Universe of Possibilities, a solo exhibition by the Taipei-born and Saigon-based artist Charwei Tsai. The exhibition marks the first manifestations of Tsai’s latest ventures in photography, video, installation, and publishing work within the experimental setting of the project space.
Central to Tsai’s practice is her use of ephemeral objects to reflect upon the transient nature of human perception. The exhibition extends this examination to the immense possibility of our human mind to reverse perceptions of seemingly permanent entities or situations. In the photographic series, Universe of Possibilities (2016), what at first glance appear to be planets turn out to be close-ups of off-casts that had been discarded in mass quantities by commercial fishing boats along the coast of Central Vietnam.
Bardo (2016) is a video installation by Tsai in collaboration with Tibetan filmmaker Tsering Tashi Gyalthangand was first projected in the Waiting Rooms of the Mortuary Station as part of this year’s Sydney Biennale. The video work was inspired by the Tibetan belief in the journey of the consciousness after death and is accompanied by a narration that elucidates the study of death and the sublimity of life.
At the opening event, Tsai will launch the tenth issue of Lovely Daze, a biannual curatorial journal that she publishes since 2005. This new issue Travelers and Magicians is inspired by a Bhutanese film of the same title and comprises interviews, writings and works by artists including Harold Ancart, Mark Borthwick, Tiffany Chung, Shezad Dawood, Cevdet Erek, David Horvitz, Lee Kit, David Lynch, Cristina Rodriguez, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jun Yang and Zheng Bo. The journal will also participate in The Editorial event of the Taipei Biennale opening on December 10-11, 2016 at Taipei Fine Arts Museum. This event is curated by Kit Hammonds and Ingrid Chu in partnership with the Asia Art Archive and Vernacular Institute.
Born in Taipei (1980) and currently lives and works in Taipei and Saigon. Tsai has participated in international exhibitions and biennials including Sydney Biennale and Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial (2016) Simple Shapes at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2015) and at Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2014); Sharjah Biennial and Dojima River Biennale (2013); Yokohama Triennale and Ruhrtriennale (2011), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (2009), Traces du Sacré at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008), Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves at ZKM Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2007), andSingapore Biennale (2006). Her work has been widely featured in publications such as Art Asia Pacific, Art Forum, Art News (cover), ArtReview Asia, Asia Wall Street Journal (cover), Flash Art, Frieze, New York Times amongst others. In addition to her art practice, Tsai publishes a curatorial journal Lovely Daze twice a year since 2005. The complete sets of Lovely Daze are in the library collections of Tate Modern in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Pompidou Center in Paris, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.