Chou Ching-hui

Animal Farm

 

Spending for 5 years to make, Chou and his teammates created Animal Farm, an extensive project, which he has never created before. Before finish making the Animal Farm, part of the works have already been exhibiting in 2014 Taipei Biennial and Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei in 2015.

Invested with a great amount of resources, Chou and his teammates spent for 5 years to plan and do the project, Animal Farm. The shooting of project took place in Hsinchu Zoo and Shou Shan Zoo in Taiwan, which has a very intimate relationship with the idea of the project. Zoo is a space full of imagination and conflict. It symbolizes joy (for visitors), yet it also symbolizes confinement and segregation (for animals). It symbolizes the convenience and marvels of modern life (a collection of rare animals from all over the world), and it also suggests a hint of the apocalyptic salvation of Noah’s Ark (protecting species on the verge of extinction). 

Animal Farm is full of fancy and realistic theater scenes, includes a lot of symbols, matching a familiar interior space with a artificial environment of the zoo, describes “the society is as a cage, where we are jeering at the people living in there”. Animal Farm was shoot by a full-focus camera allowing the audience to clearly see things happening in every corner of the photos and gaining the same feeling with Chou. Animal Farm includes 3 different themes: Body Existence, Life Boundary, and Social Environmental Frame. These themes let the audience rethink the situation, which we are living in.

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Animal Farm No. 2, 2014, 108 x 148 cm, Espon Ultra Chrome HDR Ink Print on Canson Platen Fiber Rag Paper

Animal Farm No. 3, 2014, 108 x 148 cm, Espon Ultra Chrome HDR Ink Print on Canson Platen Fiber Rag Paper

Animal Farm No. 5, 2014, 108 x 148 cm, Espon Ultra Chrome HDR Ink Print on Canson Platen Fiber Rag Paper

Animal Farm No. 8, 2014, 108 x 148 cm, Espon Ultra Chrome HDR Ink Print on Canson Platen Fiber Rag Paper

Animal Farm No. 17, 2014, 108 x 148 cm, Espon Ultra Chrome HDR Ink Print on Canson Platen Fiber Rag Paper

Animal Farm No. 1, 2014, 108 x 148 cm, Espon Ultra Chrome HDR Ink Print on Canson Platen Fiber Rag Paper

Animal Farm No. 4, 2014, 108 x 148 cm, Espon Ultra Chrome HDR Ink Print on Canson Platen Fiber Rag Paper

 

Animal Farm No. 6, 2014, 108 x 148 cm, Espon Ultra Chrome HDR Ink Print on Canson Platen Fiber Rag Paper

Animal Farm No. 7, 2014, 108 x 148 cm, Espon Ultra Chrome HDR Ink Print on Canson Platen Fiber Rag Paper