SITUATE / 20 September to 30 October 2017
SITE EIGHT / 5 to 26 October 2017 (Opening Thursday 5 October 5-7pm, Opening Hours Wednesday to Friday 12-5pm)
Yin-Hua Chu is the recipient of the 2017 Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange, supported by RMIT University and the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts. Deciphering Cities_Melbourne uses the city of Melbourne as a point of departure. By tracing and sketching fragmented references of Melbourne found on the internet, including vintage maps, old photographs and film stills, Yin-Hua visualises her imagination of Melbourne before her actual arrival. During the residency period Yin-Hua will use these source materials to construct the gallery space and invite ‘Greeters’ (local volunteers who guide tourists on free walking tours of the city) to present this ‘Imagined Melbourne’.
Yin-Hua Chu received her Ph.D. (Practice-Based) at Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media, University of Westminster, and a MA in Photography and Urban Culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Yin-Hua uses photography to explore different ways of seeing, treating the photographic image as a fragment frozen and extracted from the flow of time, and the camera as a bridge between mental image and visual perception. Her experiments have introduced new variables into some of the standard operations of both photography and urban geography. Her solo exhibitions include Imagined City (2010) and Staging Memories (2011) in London Gallery West, Once Upon a City… (2012) in Taipei Artist Village, Encoding Memories: Tainan (2012), Hopscotching Tainan (2013) in Tainan, Taiwan. Her group exhibitions include Afterimage (2014) in New York, Small or Big (2016) in Taipei Fine Arts Museum. She also curates the experimental exhibition Image Imaginings from the museum collection in Taipei Fine Arts Museum.