Su Hui-Yu

1976, born in Taipei, Taiwan. Lives and works in Taipei.


2003 MFA, Taipei National University of the Arts

1998 B. A. in Fine Art, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 Day& Night, Apartment of Art, Munich, Germany

Whale Mass Suicide, IT Park, Taipei, Taiwan

A Poignant Dance in the Mass Media History, AM Space, Hong Kong, China

2012 The Upcoming Show, VT Artsalon, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 Stilnox Home Video, Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2009 The Fabled Shoots ll – Bloody Beauty, Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2007 The Fabled Shoots, VT Artsalon, Taipei, Taiwan

2006 My Pop Life, IT Park, Taipei, Taiwan

2005 Endless Recalling, Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 7th Move on Asia, Gallery LOOP, Seoul, Korea

2013 Reecho. Mingyuan Zhongshan Park Project, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

6th VIDEOHOLICA Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria Gazing into Freedom: Taiwan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of

Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia

Discover Zone- Luxembourg City Film Festival 2013, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2012 Dialogue in Contemporary Video Art, National Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan

Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2011 Live Ammo, MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 Eattopia- Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei Biennial- Artist Cinema, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

MID_E International Contemporary Art Exhibition,Arteleku, San Sebastian,Spain

The Contemporary Art of Taiwan, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Gyeongnam, Korea

Plastic Life, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, U.S.A.

2008 The Taishin Arts Award, MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

Illusion Theater, Blue Dot Asia ,Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2007 Poetic Terrorism, FEM Festival, Madrid, Spain

Very Fun Park II, Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan

2006 Wrong(ed) Attitudes – Tsui Kuang-yu & Su Hui-yu, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany;

Cultural Centre of Taiwan in Paris, Paris, France

2005 The New Taiwanese – Digital Witnesses, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

Pseudo Hackers' Art in Parallel Zones, MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

2002 CO2-Taiwan Avant-Garde Documenta, Huashan Arts District, Taipei, Taiwan

The Field of the Texts, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan


2008 ACC(Asian Cultural Council), Yageo Tech-Art Award

Artist in Residence

2014 Apartment of Art, Munich, Germany

2013 Egon Schiele Art Center, Cesky Krumlov , Czech

2009 Harvestworks Digital Arts Center, New York , USA

2008 18th Street Arts Center , Los Angeles , USA

2004 18th Street Arts Center , Los Angeles , USA

Artist Statement

Day and Night comprises two videos. The first is my 2010 Stilnox Home Video: The Midnight Hours, which is about my experiences watching television and being an insomniac. Every night I took a sleeping pill, but still could not sleep and so stared at the television until my apartment turned into a bizarre and fantastic scene. The next day upon waking, my drug-induced fantasies and dreams became mixed with television images and memories of everyday life. My motivation for the work is to explore limits between fantasy and reality, and imagery and reality, while describing relationships between somatic symptom disorder and media inundation in contemporary life.

The second work is my most recent Papa Is Not Here, which was inspired by my experiences as a new father and completed in 2014. I tend to fall asleep in the morning when watching my children and have realized they often continue playing without knowing what is happening. This is a very familiar scene; in the play areas set aside for children in large shopping centers, we can observe the contrast between exhausted and expressionless parents and their children who are full of life. This dizzy moment reminds me of several haunting scenes and situations seemingly unrelated to children, such as death.

One work is about a television watcher who cannot sleep at night, while the other is about a father napping during the day. These works present time and activity that are turned upside-down, and perhaps more disorder can present a clearer view of reality. I realized that showing these two works together, with their fixed, dense or slowly moving imagery, would make viewers become passively confused by the suspended and protracted treatments of time in the works. Viewers are no longer able to trust the moment they occupy or decipher fantasy from reality, but perhaps this is the only way to witness truth. The two works also touch on the idea of gray areas, such as liminal states situated between night and day, waking or sleeping, or fantasy and reality. In these liminal zones, one can realize being alive (clear consciousness), being dead (no consciousness), being sexual (focus on the body) and many other long hidden states.


Artist Statement

晝與夜Day & Night

而第二件作品《不在的父親》,則是2014年的新作,靈感源自我成為新手父親後的生活。每天早晨,當 我陪伴孩子們時,經常因昨夜的疲倦而打盹,而我發現年幼兒女經常渾然不知地繼續他們的玩耍活動, 這個景象十分熟悉,在大賣場的親子遊戲區,我們其實經常見到這種景象:雙眼無神的父母,拖著疲倦 身軀彷彿幽靈般地陪伴在活力四射的孩子身邊,並且無視孩子們那充滿生命張力的純粹。這種昏昏沉沉 的時刻,我不免想到一些詭異的畫面,一些與孩子看似無關的事情。例如,死亡。

一個是在夜晚失眠的觀眾,一個則是在白天打盹的父親。在顛倒的時刻,做顛倒的事,但彷彿,越是這 樣地顛倒與昏沉,我越能見到事實。我突然覺得可以把兩件作品放在一起。在這些僵固而黏稠的影像面 前,觀者只能被動地被其懸疑而漫長的等待所困惑,不再能夠確信所屬的此刻與彼刻孰真孰假,而或許 這才是目睹真實的途徑。同時,這兩件作品都談論著一種模糊地帶,一種介於晝與夜之間,清醒與睡著 之間,幻覺與現實之間的地帶。在這個地帶,在這個邊境上,我特別能夠想起活著(意識清醒)、死亡(無 意識)與性(身體),或者許多被隱藏已久的念頭。