BRIEFING ABOUT Seven YCH
Seven YCH was born in Taiwan. He started to practice his modern art photography while he was at the university in the 90‘s. He graduated with M.A. in film directing from Beijing Film Academy in 2002. He has had different photography series taken in Asia, Europe and North America.
Seven YCH is interested in exploring the contrary meaning and value in the objects he photographs. He likes to embrace the warmth in the coldness and serendipity amidst chaos, and to evoke immensity from insignificance and abstract from certainty. His works have been published in magazines and newspapers, internationally exhibited in 5-star hotel lounges and galleries, and possessed by private corporations and collectors all over the world. The critics describe his artworks being “profound images as beautiful as music and rhythm”, and “a combination of silence and solitude”.
Seven YCH is, at the same time, an award-wining poet and writer. In addition, the documentaries he directed have won a national prize in China and been selected in Austin Film Festival in the USA.
Seven YCH 對於現代攝影藝術的創作與實踐,迄今十餘年。 在攝影方面,他的創作內容取景地域廣闊,涵蓋亞歐美三洲。Seven YCH 嘗試以鏡頭 索求被攝對象於視覺經驗之外,所呈現出的相對定義與美感。從冷冽裡找尋溫煦,從雜 蕪中找尋靜謐,從渺小找尋不凡,從確定性裡找尋未知。他的作品除於國內副刊雜誌發 表,於國內外高級飯店與藝廊展覽,還為各國的私人企業和收藏家所收藏。
Seven YCH 也是一名詩人和作家,曾於台灣獲得新詩競賽首獎,各式文類見諸兩岸報 章雜誌。他也執導影視短片和紀錄片,作品曾於中國獲獎,也曾獲美國奧斯汀影展遴選 參展。
1999- 2002 Master Degree in Film-Directing, BFA (Beijing Film Academy), Beijing, CHINA
1992- 1996 Bachelor Degree Of Art, National ChengChi University, Taipei, TAIWAN
What is your definition of being at home?
In my opinion, being at home is when you accommodate yourself with the food and the climate, and then you start to feel at home. In the different cities I have been living in, sometimes it was challenging to explore new tastes, new savories but also challenging to get used to different weather conditions… Being at home, means that you feel secure, you feel safe.
Different homes… Where was your home in those cities?
In Taichung, my home was in Bei Tuan. 在台中，我住在北屯。
In Taipei, my home was in Muzha. 在台北，我住在木柵。
In Beijing, my home was in Hai Dian. 在北京，我住在海淀。
In Shanghai, my home was in QuLu Lu, in the French Concession. 在上海，我住在法租界的巨鹿路上。
In New York, my home was in Astoria in Queens. 在紐約，我住過皇后區。
In Istanbul, my home was in the Old Town. 在伊斯坦堡，我住過舊城區。
Yes sometimes [Laughing]… so I cooked! This is my secret! Wherever I go, when I feel homesick I need to cook and I need to eat some rice. In fact, eating rice reminds me about where I come from. Cooking rice is my way to re-connect with my inner home.
You feel at home when you are accepted. Did you experience being not accepted?
Mostly, I felt welcomed. I enjoyed meeting new people, exploring new cultures. In some cities out of Asia like New York or Amsterdam, I felt very much accepted because they are cities built-up and developed with lot migrants, so I have never really felt being an outsider. However, in Istanbul, things were unlike New York and Amsterdam. That’s the only place where I experienced how foreigners must feel when they come to Taiwan. I mean there was no so many Asian looking people in Istanbul, so indeed when I was in the streets, I sensed that I was observed and scrutinized. So I do believe that this is something that outsiders can also feel in Taiwan.
How <Home> has influenced your Art inspiration?
<Home> has been inspiring all the time indeed. <Home> is something I try to get closer by completing my life puzzle prototype / layout. In my own world, in my different series, I replace <home> by the word <texture>. The reality is, <texture> is everywhere: this is an element of every human being, of every emotion, of every circumstance. So does <home>, this is something that is always calling inside of us.
In which of your Art work <Home> is a key underlying of your inspiration?
I would mention two of my artworks.
Firstly, ”Red” – “Red” is series that I took in Istanbul. This series is made from simple imagery translating simple emotions. I chose this minimalistic approach to also allow myself to work on some red post-productions effects: shaping and re-shaping, red color calibrating, compositions… Those shapes, those colors variations represent myself when I was in Istanbul. I was an outsider over there, so I have found this way to express my conflicts, my struggles, my connections I made when I was living there.
The second artwork worth to mention is “Verb”. This is a series shot in many different countries and cities showing chairs: new chairs, broken chairs, abandoned chairs, old chairs… For me it’s very iconic, it’s the representation of daily life in many action verbs such as: to sit / to watch / to sleep / to eat / to stay / to leave. Verbs are iconic symbols of who we are and how we live. So by chasing those verbs, I actually try to reveal our life <texture> through these imagery-using chairs as a visual.
Beyond these two Art disciplines, any influence from your daily life?
My personal route is also a key element…
My art career is definitely connected to my personal route. I was born and raised in Taiwan in single-parent family. My father was a successful businessman who raised me alone. He was not an Art lover per say, but he was devoted to family and he always tried to provide all the living conditions and education. His piece of advice for business was well received but I was more receptive to Art & Culture input coming from others.
Artist credo: what’s your definition of being an artist?
This is a big question… Being an artist is to let myself being aware of living every moment. This is also to look at things in very different and unique ways.
The mission of an artist is to remind oneself or to remind others that you are still alive…