TEHCHING HSIEH

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life | Art -

Metaphor­i­cal per­for­mance art projects are what de­fine much of Tehching Hsieh’s prac­tice. The 66-year-old con­cep­tual artist is in Venice with an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled Do­ing Time, cu­rated by Bri­tish cu­ra­tor Adrian Heath­field. The show is a mile­stone in Hsieh’s 40-year ca­reer, as it marks the first time that sev­eral of his year-long works—from the One Year Per­for­mance se­ries he started in New York in 1978 as an il­le­gal im­mi­grant—can be seen to­gether in their fullest forms. The ti­tle Do­ing Time is both a nod to the epic du­ra­tion of Hsieh’s artis­tic en­deav­ours and his per­sonal his­tory: his first One Year Per­for­mance was spent in si­lence locked in a cage. It is also a de­lib­er­ate ref­er­ence to the very fit­ting lo­ca­tion of the ex­hi­bi­tion in the his­toric halls of the Palazzo delle Pri­gioni, the for­mer prison of the Doge’s Palace. In ex­plor­ing the no­tions of hu­man en­durance, self-dis­ci­pline, free­dom and phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal con­trol, Do­ing Time show­cases philo­soph­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the na­ture of time, life and be­ing, mak­ing for a haunt­ing study of strug­gle and re­silience.

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