CV117 - Chih-Chien Wang. A Gift of Images — Sylvain Campeau
Ciel variable 117 - Shifted (Summer 2021)
Focus (Individual Article, Digital Version)
Chih-Chien Wang. Don d’images | A Gift of Images
- Sylvain Campeau
In this essay, Sylvain Campeau explores a genre rarely discussed and yet essential to Chih-Chien Wang’s work: the still life – and, in particular, the theme of food. Although fruits and vegetables inhabit Wang’s photographs and videos, that’s not the whole story. Turning to theoretical reflections such as that of Anne Cauquelin and her “table gifts,” Campeau regards the still life as “a fundamental part of a gift, and this is even more obvious in Wang’s work.” The idea of the gift, of a possible “gathering of guests,” leads Campeau to dwell on the artist’s works in which sharing takes the form of speaking, of “confessions.” “Through the exchange and the giving of human beings’ formative stories, there is a question of evading what in them determines us and defines us too closely,” he suggests.
Language : French & English
Version numérique : PDF, 2.7 Mb
Sylvain Campeau, « Chih-Chien Wang. A Gift of Images », Ciel variable, no 117, Montréal, 2021, p. 62-69.