Chinese Arts Centre is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the work of Chen Chieh-jen. The exhibition will be the UK premier of Chen Chieh-jen's latest video work Empire's Borders II ' Western Enterprises Inc. (2010) together with the single-screen video Empire's Borders I (2009) and archival material.
Internationally acclaimed Taiwanese video artist Chen Chieh-jen sees his work as 'an act of connection, linking together the history of people who have been excluded from the dominant discourse.' In his concern with recent history he is acutely aware of Taiwan's own complex political status as a country with limited international recognition.
The main piece in his project for Chinese Arts Centre is a new three-screen HD video installation and photographic/documentary archive Empire's Borders IIâWestern Enterprises, Inc. The piece is based on a number of documents the artist's late father left behind, which painted an intriguing picture of a life lived in cold-war secrecy. They hinted at the politics of an era when the CIA cooperated with Taiwanese intelligence and trained the Anti-Communist National Salvation Army on its long-abandoned mission to retake the Chinese mainland. As Chen said, his father rarely talked about his work; the only fact he acknowledged was that the autobiography he wrote was fictional. Chen's new film project is about his father's journey, about his imagination and his own imagination.