Subbing The Subbing
2016 Made in Bangkok, Thailand
Work format: Video installation (Dimension variable)
Materials: 2 TVs
In Spain, there is a town inhabited by people with the surname Japón, which means Japan in Spanish.
400 years ago a group of Samurai traveled to Europe for some missions.
During their journey, Christianity was prohibited in Japan and some of the Samurais decided to remain to live in Spain to live as Christian. Those named Japón in the Spanish town today are regarded as possible descendants of the Samurai from history.
The work EL JAPONÉS aligns the artist himself as a “Japanese person who just came from Japan” and Mrs. Japón as a “descendant of historically the first migrant from Japan”.
The dialog itself looks like a simple praise of communication but the two juxtaposed "Japanese" people imply and ask different notions such as "nationality", "race" and "immigrant integration".
Special thanks: Mr. and Ms. Japóns whom I met in Coria del Rio
2022 at Doubutsuen-mae Shopping street, Osaka, Japan / 动物园前商店街（大阪）/ 動物園前商店街（大阪）
Work format: Performance recorded with iphone screen recording / 苹果手机录屏 / iphone画面録画
Materials: tarpaulin / 防水布 / ターポリン(2000 x 3000 mm / 1750 x 1500 mm) , any monitor / 电视监视器 /モニター
Jia-Hao Chen's parents came to Taiwan from China as refugees. While living in poverty, they eventually made a living from recycling, and raised Jia-Hao Chen and his siblings.
Smart from an early age, Jia-Hao Chen spent his childhood astonishing his parents and siblings by combining recyclable trash like LEGO to create something new and unique.
As he grew up and became a post-graduate (MA) student, he continued to passionately "invent" things. Around that time he started practicing Taekwondo at the suggestion of a friend in college, and found a girlfriend who was also a Taekwondo practitioner. Their happy relationship turned into a problem when Jia-Hao Chen went to meet her parents. Her father was the chief of the tribe, and he said that only a "real man," that is, a hunter and a warrior, is allowed to marry her.
When her father told him that "If you can't be a hunter, you must at least prove that you are a warrior." Jia-Hao Chen decided to participate in The World Fighting Tournament, taking Taekwondo and "inventions" as his weapons.
Name of the character: Jia-Hao Chen