NIU Jun-Qiang
participates ANIMA – 2020 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition

Exhibition Dates:16.10 2020 – 17.01 2021
Venue:Hong-Gah Museum/ 10:30-17:30, Tuesday to Sunday.
Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab/ 11:00-18:00, Tuesday to Sunday.
Curators: Eva Lin / Yu Wei

Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition (TIVA) has been organized biennially since 2008 and has been through a decade to this day, making breakthroughs and ushering in new definitions for images.

ANIMA emphasizes not the reading of but the experience of images – the focus lies not in the digestion of information exhibited in images, but in the insight into the true words beneath. How can an image be perceived when we “unread” it? Or to the extreme, can an image still be established when we “unsee” it? With hypnotic images as portals, we are granted with access into those alternative realities betwixt actuality and fantasy that seem out of place – the subconscious reality, the mise-en-scène reality, the mediamediated reality, and the reality awkwardly edited by fragments of memory.


NIU Jun-Qiang


Pursuant to Niu’s creative thread in recent years, Reveal discusses the correspondence between the images of internal consciousness and external images. Such correspondence is derived from religious experiences, personal spiritual practices, and exploration of collective subconsciousness. In his solo exhibition in 2018, the artist constructed an exhibition that never happened via documentary films and descriptive videos. As visitors were situated on scene of the empty exhibition, it felt like they were experiencing everything in the images. This “afterimage-like” experience allowed visitors to complement the feelings of non-physical dimension on their own. His new work Reveal departs from film clips, inviting a narrator to narrate this work to the candle fire. Amidst the flickering light of the candle fire, what gaps will emerge between the images in the viewers’ minds and original images in the film?

For more information, please check ANIMA – 2020 TIVA Website