1980 in Taoyuan, Taiwan; lives and works in Hsinchu, Taiwan
In his multi-disciplinary practice, Huang Po-Chih focuses on exploring issues related to production, agriculture, manufacturing, and consumption, and from there undertakes criticism on a socio-economic level. His works envision a macroscopic backdrop of trade and exchange, cross-sectioning complex industrial structures all the way down to the individuals who partake in this structure.
Huang Po-Chih adopts various roles in his projects. As a member of the family, he perused and compiled his family heritage, the stories about his mother’s ancestry and family members; as a producer, he reclaimed barren farmland in order to grow lemon trees; as an entrepreneur, he drafted and executed proposals; as an artist, he manipulated the system and resources of the art world. His projects are not only presented as objects of our observation but they also inherently take on potential and enduring social significance.
The symbolic objects—denim, lemon trees, turtledoves, and celery—relate intimate stories derived from the artist’s personal experiences, memories, and perceptions, and are offered up for us to partake. They also signal the key plots and stages in the projects and constantly extend the scope and boundaries of the issues being discussed.
With symbolic colors and spatial logic, Huang Po-Chih renders the space with an aesthetic pleasure and a presence of ceremony like that in monochromatic paintings. Such visual experiences also establish a proper distance between the projects on display and their social backdrops, allowing viewers to engage in objective contemplation and reflection.