Po-Chih Huang

(Taiwan) b.1980

Lives and works in Hsinchu, Taiwan

Po-Chih Huang’s diverse artistic practice principally explores such issues as agriculture, economics, popular consumption and production, depicting and surveying local history and the evolution of society and the environment. His many shifting roles in society – from project executive to manual laborer to documentary writer – have become key elements in his recent art projects. Seeking points of convergence among these many experiences to serve as his text, he reassembles the fragmented historical and cultural contexts in the background of his experiences, and manufactures daily consumer goods (or events) as “counterfeits” that form connections of social communication, with the aim of exploring how these “art (products or events)” can initiate new meanings and definitions within complex social relationships.

Huang’s work Production Line – Made in China & Made in Taiwan is based on his familiar essay Blue Skin: Mama’s Story, relating the trajectory of his mother’s working life, from farm to factory and back to farm again, and encompassing the evolution of the Taiwanese economy, including the offshoring of the clothing industry.

By linking two sub-projects, two places and two exhibitions, Production Line – Made in China & Made in Taiwan follows a circuitous industrial route of migration, from the Taipei Biennial to the Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial and back to Taipei again, producing a blue denim shirt co-designed by the artist and a manufacturer. The work thus focuses attention on history, culture, the economy, and relations of production and consumption.

Currently, Po-Chih Huang is working as a volunteer teacher in Tacloban City, the Philippines and also doing research on local agriculture and eating habits. Huang’s work has been featured in many major museums in Taiwan, as well as the Chelsea Art Museum, Today Art Museum in Beijing, and the Samstag Museum of Art in Australia. He won the 8th Tashin Arts Award (2010) and the grand prize of the 2013 Taipei Arts Awards.

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