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Chih-Chien Wang
From May 11th 2007 to June 16th 2007
Yushan Is Here, and A Proper Story

This project has two parts. One is the creation of Yushan, as a character, and the other is an approach to language, as storytelling. These two parts are connected by the uncertain experience of everyday reality; though we live in the real, we somehow forge our status beyond reality.

We may owe this status beyond reality to the fact that life is hard to face. So we perform. We pretend that life is what occurs on stage, and we pretend that we are playing, like kids playing at being adults. The status of reality shifts, then, and this sense of playing blurs our perception of life. Cruelty seems less horrible under these circumstances.

For this project, I consider three categories in life. They are work, language, and living environment. These three topics are dealt with from the point of view of a newcomer in Montreal. Yushan is a newcomer. So am I.

When I speak of Yushan, I am talking about a fictionalized character, even though Yushan is really here. Yushan’s personality contains a mixture of both reality and unreality — she likes to play. I know Yushan is beyond the person I know. Within the project, Yushan transforms into rhythm and colour.

The story also transforms into rhythm and colour.

In the process of telling a story, I observed that narrative transited through concepts, words, symbols, and their appearances. They caught my attention one after another until I was lost. The perceptual uncertainty in language leads the story to transform itself. Stories become mixed up and fragmented.

The project, therefore, becomes the tinge of colour made by Yushan and the stories.
- Chih-Chien Wang

Chih-Chien Wang would like to thank the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec

I was born in Taiwan then moved to Montreal in 2002. In Taiwan, I learned to observe the way people reveal themselves in front of a camera during eight years of filming docu-mentaries. I am currently working on photo and video projects that reflect my concern with the subtle gestures of daily life.

Bibliographie
- Dion, François, «Portefolio : Combinaisons», Spirale, no 215, juillet-août 2007, pp.32-33.
- Mavrikakis, Nicolas, «Et la lumière fut», Voir, 31 mai 2007.