Au Sow-Yee    區秀詒

Au Sow-Yee was born and grew up in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), she now lives and work in Taipei (Taiwan). Graduated from Chinese Culture University (Taiwan) majored in theatre arts and attained her M.F.A degree from San Francisco Art Institute (U.S.A) majored in experimental filmmaking and Taipei National University of the Arts, majored in New Media Arts. She is a finalist in the 2018 Asia Pacific Breweries Signature Art Prize. Her works focuses mainly in questioning, exploring as well as expanding the relation between images, image making, history, politics and power, through video installation and other mediums. Sow-Yee’s recent works focus on re-imagined history of Malaysia, South-east Asia and it’s related region from perceptions and ideologies bounded by the Cold War. Sow-Yee’s works were exhibited in MMCA (Seoul), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), HKW (Berlin), Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, Singapore Film Festival, official selection of Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul (ExiS), BACC (Bangkok) and various other exhibitions and screenings. Sow-Yee was the co-founder and co-curator for KLEX (Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival) in 2010, 2011 and 2016. She is also a guest writer for online magazine No Man’s Land and co-founded Kuala Lumpur’s Rumah Attap Library and Collective in 2017.

區秀詒,出生長大於馬來西亞,目前工作於國立臺北藝術大學藝術與科技中心。畢業自文化大學戲劇系,舊金山藝術學院(San Francisco Art Institute)電影研究所、國立台北藝術大學新媒體藝術研究所。『2018年亞太釀酒基金會傑出藝術獎』(Asia Pacific Brewaries Signature Art Prize)入選藝術家。區秀詒的創作主要以錄像、觀念、裝置等混合形式,探討和擴延影像與影像製造以及和歷史、政治、權力之間的關係。她近期著重於關注如何把歷史從冷戰結構的影響解放出來,重新想像尤其是馬來西亞與東南亞(和其臨近)區域的歷史問題意識。同時她也延續對影像生成機製的關注,以機械式電影放映機作現場電影(Live Cinema)表演。 作品曾在首爾MMCA、東京森美術館、柏林HKW、曼谷文化與藝術中心(BACC)、上海外灘美術館、新加坡國際電影節、韓國首爾國際實驗電影節牯嶺街國際小劇場藝術節等展覽與電影節發表。她同時也曾是2010、2011以及2016 KLEX 吉隆坡國際實驗電影與錄像節選片人。區秀詒也是「數位荒原」的特約作者,吉隆坡「亞答屋84號圖書館」(Rumah Attap Library and Collective)共同創辦人之一。

Education:
Master of Fine Arts        San Francisco Art Institute (U.S.A), Filmmaking
Bachelor of Fine Arts    Department of Drama in Film and Theatre Section, Chinese Culture University (Taipei, Taiwan)

Selected Awards:
2018
Shorlisted, Han Nefkens Foundation – LOOP BCN Video Art Award
Finalist, Asia Pacific Breweries Signature Art Prize

2017
Finalist, Sovereign Asian Art Prize

2016
Finalist, Taishin Art Award (for Live Cinema: Mountain Plague 山瘟)

2014
Krishen Jit Astro Fund
Outstanding New Media Arts Award (Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan)
Nominated, the 12th Taoyuan Contemporary Art Award

Works in collection of:
Singapore Art Museum (The Kris Project)

Solo Exhibition:
2017
Gurindam Jiwa: Au Sow Yee Solo Exhibition, Fotoaura Institute of Photography, Tainan, Taiwan

2015
Habitation and Elsewhere: Image as Instrument / Au Sow Yee Solo Exhibition, curated by Guo Jau-Lan @Taipei, Taiwan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Recent Selected Group Shows/Screenings:
2019
SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts x Mori Art Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2018
Taipei Biennial
Asia Pacific Breweries Signature Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, National Museum, Singapore
Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Towards Mysterious Reality, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2017
Condition Report: ESCAPE from the SEA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (organised by Japan Foundation Asia Center, co-curated by Hiroyuki Hattori and Yap Saubin)
Condition Report: Mode of Liaisons, BACC, Bangkok, Thailand (organized by Japan Foundation Asia Center, curated by Pichaya Aime Suphavanij)
2 or 3 Tigers (co-curated by Anselm Franke and Hyunjin Kim), HKW, Berlin, Germany
SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2nd Video & Film Art Forum, MMCA, Seoul

2016
Towards Mysterious Realities 現實秘境 @ Taipei, Taiwan (curated by Amy Cheng)
Portrait Potrait, TCAC (Taipei Contemporary Art Center), Taipei, Taiwan
Blue Bird in the Labyrinth:A Walk from Japanese Modern Art to Asian Contemporary Art Scene, Galeria Niched Taipei, Taiwan (curated by Nobu Takamuri)
Flags, Transnational – Migrants and Outlaw Territories @ Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan (curated by Ko Nien-Pu)
2016 Taipei Biennale (collaboration performance with Wang Molin), Taipei, Taiwan
Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative @ Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, China
Urban Nomad X TCAC, Taipei

2015
Singapore Film Festival @ Singapore
ARKIPEL Documentary and Experimental Film Festival @ Jakarta, Indonesia
Live Cinema Performance: Mountain Plague @ Taipei, Taiwan
I Don’t Belong curated by Nobuo Takamori @ Galleria H., Taipei, Taiwan

2014
Mac-Band of the City @ Pier-2 Art Centre, Kao Hsiung, Taiwan
It’s Not a Real Film @ Tamtam Art Ipix, Taipei, Taiwan
TNUA Outstanding New Media Arts Award Exhibition @ Kuandu Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Tropical Seasoning @ Hallwalls Contemporary Art Centre, Buffalo, New York, USA
The Social Turn @ Asian Experimental Video Festival in Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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