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Profiles

Hsu Chia-Wei

MAKESHIFT HISTORIES

BY MARCUS YEE

Portrait of Hsu Chia-Wei. Courtesy Liang Gallery, Taipei.

In my multiple conversations with Hsu Chia- Wei about his film-based practice, the artist elaborated at length on the political histories of Asia. These discussions, however, were devoid of pedantry; Hsu is candid about the accidents and coincidences that led to his excavations of these marginal histories. “I think as I work. I don’t usually embark on a project with comprehensive research or a defined theme,” he said to me, during a Skype call in May. While…

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