Taiwanese artists in Liverpool Biennial 2012
The UK Biennial of Contemporary Art

Taiwanese architect HSIEH Ying-Chun and his Atelier-3 will present
in the Liverpool Biennial 2012 exhibition The Unexpected Guest. In
addition, three young artists from Taiwan, CHEN Chia-Jen, CHIU
Cheng-Hung, and HSU Chia-Wei, have been invited to join in the
collateral exhibition City States.

Lorenzo Fusi, the curator of the Liverpool Biennial 2012, was deeply
impressed by HSIEH’s previous work Cities of the People when he
visited Taiwan in April of this year. This prompted Mr. Fusi to invite
HSIEH to take part in the biennial exhibition The Unexpected Guests.
HSIEH has played a key role in rebuilding housing for Taiwan’s tribal
communities since the typhoon disaster in 2009. His Liverpool Biennial
2012 project, Re-Live, will expand on the same ideas represented in Cities
of the People, exploring the possibility for the victims of natural disaster
by adding humanistic values to give new meaning of home.

Taiwanese curator LEE Chia-Ling has been carefully selected by
the Biennial organizing committee for the curatorial project Metro-
Wonderland: Taiwanese Artists and Urban Morphology displayed at their
independent programme City States. The three young Taiwanese artists
participating in this exhibition are CHEN Chia-Jen, CHIU Cheng-Hung,
and HSU Chia-Wei. Their works focus on the contemporary phenomena
of global urbanization. Through photography, video, and installations,
they reflect upon their experience of living and working in cities.

Inaugurated in 2000, the Liverpool Biennial has proved to be full of
vitality and professionalism. The young Liverpool Biennial soon became
one of the major international art festivals—along with the French
Biennale de Lyon, the Venice Biennale, the Brazilian Biennial of Sao
Paolo and the Documenta in Kassel. One of the Liverpool Biennial’s
outstanding features is “the artists’ intervention in the city.” Artists
participating in the Biennial build an intimate relationship between art
and the city by creating artworks which induce a positive dialogue with
the city of Liverpool in terms of her history and space. 


Liverpool Biennial is the largest contemporary art festival in the UK. For ten weeks every two years it commissions the most exciting artists from around the world, attracting over 600,000 visitors in 2010.

Liverpool today offers the richest visual arts environment anywhere in the UK outside London. It has more galleries and museums, and commissions more new art than any other city except the capital and was European Capital of Culture in 2008. The Liverpool Biennial Festival takes place in a wide range of locations across the city, from established museums and galleries to unusual and unexpected places.

Participating organisations and venues include The Cunard Building, The Bluecoat, Everton Park, FACT, Liverpool ONE, Metal, The Monro, Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Mitchell’s Bakery, LJMU Copperas Hill Building (Lime Street), the Walker Art Gallery, Victoria Gallery and Museum, and The Royal Standard.