En-Man Chang

(Taiwan) b.1967

Lives and works in Taipei and Taidong, Taiwan

En-Man Chang’s artistic practice challenges the possibility of forming reality. The process involves selecting specific sites for the purpose of recalling her own self-identity, as well as discovering how we are identified by the world through art. She attempts to distinguish the scene of nothingness, to locate herself within temporal/ spatial ordinates, and to open the foundation of reading through obscure memories.

The term “decriminalization” refers to a situation where a previously illegal activity or action is designated legal. When legal behavior is suddenly reclassified as illegal, that is called “criminalization.” In a civilized society, how is it that the traditional hunting of indigenous peoples results in them being subject to the legal system of a different culture? In the past, hunters were the pride of the tribe, but they are now labeled criminals by the legal system because the prevailing political-economic system declines to respect cultural diversity. By focusing on one example and creating a work in the shape of a hunting rifle, the artist identifies this phenomenon and highlights the contradictory nature of existing law.

In addition to exhibiting her works in Thailand and throughout Taiwan, En-Man Chang has also curated, performed and published in various projects. In 2011 she received a Kaohsiung Award honorable mention in mixed media. The Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs has sponsored her work in both 2013 and 2014.

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