Hsu Che-Yu is an artist who primarily creates animations, videos and installations that explore the relationship between media and memories. His works are concerned with issues that go beyond how historical narrative can be traced through media, but also the construction and visualization of both private and collective memories.
In 2019, Hsu was nominated for HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists. A selection of Hsu’s recent exhibitions include “Traveling Backwards ¬– to the stories we left behind”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan (2021); “Seoul Mediacity Biennale: One Escape at a Time”, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2021); “Out of Blueprints: Online Exhibition”, K11 Art Foundation x Serpentine Galleries x Nowness (2020); Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 2020” Louvre auditorium and Grand Palais, Paris/Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin (2020); “HUGO BOSS ASIA ART”, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); “Forget Sorrow Grass: An Archaeology of Feminine Time”, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangdong, (2019); “Human Trace, Intercity, and Transformation of the World”, OCAT Institute, Beijing, (2019); “Anxiety of Images”, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan (2019); “Shanghai Biennale 2018: Pro-regress”, Shanghai, (2018).
Hsu Che-Yu currently lives and works in Taipei.
Lacuna / 2018
Lacuna (2018) plays into the genre of forensic science documentary, utilizing computer animation to restage crime scene action, graph facial features of a rotten corpse, and reconstruct the adolescent memory of a family member. One teenager was murdered after an altercation outside an internet café, which was sensationalized into an animation clip by Apple News, one of their hallmark techniques. Another case relays the police’s effort to reconstruct the identity of the decayed skull of a jane doe through pencil portraiture. Hsu interviews the police officer and the storyboard director of the 3D animation agency to understand the tactic of this fact-finding mission in the guise of scientific objectivity.