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N° 57

Published in June 2024

Pei-Hsuan Wang ‘I've Left My Body to Occupy Others’

Pei-Hsuan Wang ‘I've Left My Body to Occupy Others’

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64 pages, 21 cm × 29.7 cm

ISBN 978 94 9126 262 3

Text: Zeynep Kubat (NL/EN), Pei-Hsuan Wang

Pei-Hsuan Wang’s practice is rooted in ways of engaging with her identity, much of which is shaped by the artist and her family's diasporic migration from Taiwan to the US. Folklore, family history, bio(mythos)graphical narratives and geopolitical musings are interwoven in her work, which primarily takes the form of sculpture, installation, drawing, and video.

The artist’s recent projects are tributes and prayers to her kinship. Her niece Iris, a first-generation Taiwanese American, has inspired a body of work that imagines racial and cultural hybridity alongside various archetypes in nature and myths. Animal presences become a kind of guardian and portal, giving form to the inner experience.

"The intergenerational transformations in Wang’s works range from spiritual beings and mythological creatures to humans, plants, fruits, pop culture characters such as Mulan, or animals. They underscore the more-than-human politics that hide behind the story of the women in her family, as well as behind those of other persons in the world. The self-fictionalization and hybridity she conveys through sculptures and drawings, connect experiences of being multiple, of being part of a cosmic world, of being in touch with ancestors and future generations to come." - May the Earth Spirits Guard Your Seedbeds, Zeynep Kubat

The book is produced on the occasion of the Kortrijk Triennial (29.06-06.10.2024) where Pei-Hsuan Wang will have a solo presentation in Rhizome's space. 

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