HB Station Art Project Lab No.23 Seemingly Harmless
Artist: Jialu Chen Curator: Liang Jianhua
I need a space to construct a self-discourse, capture the messages in it, to depict the thoughts that beyond speech, whether it is devastating, self-controlled, or affiliated. I became three different ‘persons’ in three timelines. I am the host of the living room, who has just temporary left. I am the ‘person’ in these images. I am her, in those old photos. We interlace willingly or involuntarily meanwhile we look at each other in distance. It provides clues to the reconstruction of experience.
In the conversation with them, it isn’t meant to find the facts or truth. My concern is on the process of facing trauma and how we manifest our desire. I act as my mother and other person in those old photos to get genuine experience, to explore how these female images represent in today’s world.
The materials recorded daily life, the images of me watching these materials, together they create an experience of watching and being watched repeatedly. The to and fro is one of ways to identify messages. Subjects of experience and acts need to be identified by it, constantly chosen by it. It is a way to identify messages from surrounding environment and the relationship between people. It also confirms the subject of discourse and actions.
From observing my relationship with my mother and self-observation, I believe my mother accepts being observed, only to find a chance to talk to daughter, while in my case, it is to identify my education, including the education I obtained from my family, school, friends, knowledge and experience, how the traces on them passed down on me. The process of it allows me to observe from a detached perspective without miserable insight and conceited speculation. It isn’t about observing a family and their daughter, but to observe oneself, to observe how discourse exist and survive in vision and hearing.
About the Artist Jialu Chen, Born in 1992, live and work in Guangzhou, graduated and obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London in 2015, became a researcher of HB Station between 2016-2017.