Artist Introduction Vol.15：Wu Chang Jung
The Chemistry of Wu Chang Jung × Kawakyu Museum
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Based in Tainan, Wu Chang-Jung creates works that evoke the global economy, energy supply, and ecological issues through the daily events that occur around him. Using his family’s pig farming business as a motif, this work is a kaleidoscopic record of life from birth to slaughter, reminding us of the “origins of nations” and “the nature of governance” hidden in the nature of livestock. Furthermore, it can be said to suggest the debate over animal rights, including the pros and cons of eating meat, as represented by the ethical thinking of recent years, such as animal liberation theory.
＜About the Artist＞
Chang-Jung Wu (born 1984 Taiwan), received her degree from the Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts, Tainan National University of The Arts, Taiwan in 2012. Her work has been shown recently at the The Taipei Digital Art Center, Manchester Chinese Centre for Contemporary Art, UK; The 58th International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, the 2011 Venice Biennale, The 7th Busan International Video Festival, Korea, and in the exhibition Ambiguous Being: who is afraid of identity?, Berlin. Chang-Jung was the winner of the 2012 58th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen and the recommended new artist of Art Taipei 2010.
Hotel Kawakyu, Japan’s pride and joy, is a “dream castle”, a miraculous piece of architecture filled with the dreams and passion of its founder, owner and the craftsmen who were involved its construction. With a fervor that is truly insane, they have created an extraordinary world in Nanki Shirahama. The gold leaf ceiling appears in the Guinness Book of World Records, and there are luxury wine cellars, pillars, ornate chairs, chandeliers, and other fixtures in the hotel which are all of first-class quality. In 2021, the hotel opened the Kawakyu Museum, where you can admire works by masters from various periods and places such as Dali and Chagall, and Taikan Yokoyama respectively.
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