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Artist Hsu Che-yu explores co-existence between humans and animals

Artist Hsu Che-yu explores co-existence between humans and animals

2024-01-11

Today we take you to meet award-winning artist Hsu Che-yu. In his latest exhibition, Hsu shot three videos that delve into the lives of Mongolian wild horses, rabbits in an animal research facility, and street dogs in Kosovo. Through the exhibition, Hsu hopes to explore the co-existence between humans and animals. FTV reporter Stephany Yang takes us in for a look.

In this video, Hsu captured videos of horses from Mongolia. On one side are Przewalski’s horses, while on the other side are domestic horses. Domestic horses are taken care of by humans and serve as labor, transportation and companionship. On the other side, there is a sanctuary where Przewalski’s horses live. They are constantly being tracked and numbered.

Hsu Che-yu
Artist
I captured borders within Mongolia, the border of the wild horse sanctuary. Inside this border is the area where Mongolian wild horses breed. This area is about 500 square kilometers, and the wild horses are in completely free territory. Humans cannot interfere or try to protect them. But these wild horses will be numbered as soon as they are born. Wild horse breeders or scientists will observe them every day. The purpose is to record them as archives. It seems like they are free, but in reality, they live in a place that is very much like a fictional nature.

In another video, Hsu captured footage of a dead rabbit being manipulated by a puppeteer. The work was inspired by Hsu’s grandmother, who used to work in an animal research facility. Her job was to inject viruses into rabbits to develop swine fever vaccines.

Hsu Che-yu
Artist
The inspiration for this work is my grandma. My grandma used to work in an animal laboratory. She worked there for over 30 years. One of her daily tasks was to kill rabbits and to inject viruses into the rabbits’ bodies to make vaccines. For this work, we borrowed the body of a rabbit and then invited a puppeteer and our imagination to restore the rabbit’s life.

The last video showcases the lives of street dogs in Kosovo. During the late 1990s, due to the conflict in the Balkans, many dogs were abandoned and left to roam the streets. Through the exhibition, Hsu aims to bring to light ecological control in different places and animals and explore the co-existence between humans and animals.

Hsu Che-yu
Artist
Once I traveled to Kosovo, I kept seeing the same group of stray dogs in their capital, Pristina. After talking with the locals, I learned the background of this group of stray dogs. It is related to their history. In the civil war in the late 1990s, there was a conflict between the Serbian troops and the Albanian insurgents. Because of the war, a large number of pets were left on the streets. They continued to breed. After the war, there was still a large number of stray dogs on the streets. This exhibition hopes to explore whether it is possible to think about the world from a perspective that is not necessarily entirely human-centered. Is it possible to rethink the world from the gap between humans and animals?

His work won the Loop Barcelona Video Art Production Award. Now, he will hold five exhibitions around the world.

Hilde Teerlinck
Han Nefkens Foundation
This is the second time that we have a Taiwanese artist that won. The five museums who are in the jury all discussed together which artist would get the grant. What is amazing about this grant and jury is that they are of five different institutions from different countries. Especially on how he in a poetic way works with video. How also, starting from daily things. Something like dogs and horses and about the house, father, family. He started from something that we all know. Very daily. Something that is in our daily lives. He knows how to transgress this and bring it to another level so that we reflect really on this world that we live in.

Hsu’s solo exhibition "City Strays and Wild Horses" will be held at MoCA Studio in Taipei till Feb. 4.

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《街頭狗與野馬》探討當代人類與動物之間的共棲關係

2024-01-11

今天帶您認識台灣藝術家許哲瑜,在他最新的個展《街頭狗與野馬》,共展出3件錄像作品,藉由獨特的影像敘事手法,記錄了蒙古野馬、動物實驗室中的兔子及科索沃的街頭狗。透過作品,希望探討當代人類與動物之間的共棲關係。

影像中呈現來自蒙古國的普氏野馬。這條疆界線分割出普氏野馬,和家馬的屬地。家馬受人類照顧和保護,同時具為勞動力、交通工具的用途以及人類的朋友。界線的另一側為普氏野馬保護區,牠們一出生就被刻上編號,進行全方位的觀察保護。

[[藝術家 許哲瑜]]
"我拍攝了蒙古國內部有一條界線,其實就是野馬保護區的界線,這條界線內部就是復育蒙古野馬的區域,這個區域大概是500平方公里,然後裡面的野馬是完全自由的領地,人類不能干涉或是保護他們,但是這些野馬一出生就會編入了編號,野馬的復育員或是科學家會每一天觀察他們,目的是記錄牠們成為檔案,好像他們是自由的,但是另一方面,他們還生活在很像是虛構自然的地方"

另一段影片中,呈現操偶師操縱兔子的屍體,還原牠生前的樣貌。作品的靈感來自許哲瑜的奶奶,曾任職於動物實驗室。她的工作是將病毒注射到兔子體內,並以此開發豬瘟疫苗。

[[藝術家 許哲瑜]]
"這個作品的靈感是我的奶奶,因為我的奶奶以前在動物實驗室工作,工作超過30年,她的日常工作之一是殺兔子,就是注射病毒到兔子的身體裡面來製作疫苗。在這件作品裡面,我們就借了一隻兔子的屍體,然後邀請一位布袋戲的操偶師,來用我們的想像力來還原這隻兔子生前的動態"

最後一個影像記錄科索沃市區遊到的街頭狗。在1990年末,由於巴爾幹半島的戰爭衝突,讓許多寵物狗流入街頭。許哲瑜希望透過展覽揭示來自不同地區、不同動物的生態控制,延伸探索人與動物之間的共存。

[[藝術家 許哲瑜]]
"有一次我去科索沃旅行,我在他們的首都普利斯提納,每一天都遇到同一群流浪狗。跟當地人聊了之後,才知道這群流浪狗的背景,就是跟他們的歷史有關係。在1990末的時候,他們內部的戰爭,就是塞爾維亞的部隊跟艾爾班尼亞的游擊隊的衝突,因為這個戰火的關係,所以有大量的寵物狗流到了街頭,他們還陸續繁殖,戰火之後,一直到現在街頭上面還是有很大量的流浪狗,這次展覽希望透過有沒有可能從一種不一定是完全是人類中心思考這個世界,是不是可不可以從人跟動物的縫隙去重新思考這個世界"

此次展覽為藝術家許哲瑜榮獲2020「LOOP錄像藝術製作獎」後首次展覽,之後,他將在世界各地舉辦五場展覽。

[[哈恩內夫肯影像收藏基金會執行長 海蒂.提爾林克]]
“這是第二次有台灣藝術家獲獎。是由五間博物館的陪審團一起討論出獲獎者,令人驚訝的是,這筆補助金和陪審團是由五個不同國家的機構組成的。特別是在他用獨特且詩意的方式呈現影像敘事,從狗、馬、房子、家庭、父親等日常的事物去延伸,從一個大家都知道角度著手,他很清楚如何將這些作品跨越到另一個層次,引發我們去反思我們所處的世界。"

許哲瑜個展《街頭狗與野馬》將於台北當代藝術館MoCA Studio展出至2月4日。

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