Yu Jen-chih (尉任之), a France-based Taiwanese visual artist, will hold his first solo print exhibition at the Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre in Hong Kong from April 28 through May 17.
Born in 1977, the Taipei native is currently a doctoral candidate in film studies at Pantheon-Sorbonne University. Yu is the author of "Natures Mortes et Paysages (室內靜物•窗外風景)” and the co-author of four craft books with Michel Bohbot.
In addition, Yu co-organized the publication of "Letter to General Franco (三封寫給獨裁者的信)” written by Fernando Arrabal, a Spanish playwright, screenwriter, director and poet who is recognized as the last survivor among the "three avatars of modernism.”
Yu's writings about music, film, and painting have been published in China, France, Taiwan, and Turkey. He has also held art exhibitions in Argentina, Bahrain, Columbia, Georgia, Italy, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
The Hong Kong exhibition will showcase 20 works, including three sets of engravings featuring nature and landscapes. The black-and-white prints will present how Yu integrates cultural elements by using light, shadow, and symbolism in his works.
Arrabal the Spanish playwright wrote a poem to celebrate Yu's first exhibition in Hong Kong. Titled "Among Gods and Titans (Parmi Dieux et Titans),” the poem describes how Yu's engravings are just like his poetry - a reflection of Yu's adventurous attitude in embarking on a creative path despite the obstacles.
At the opening ceremony on April 28, a lecture will be delivered by Lesley Ma (馬唯中), curator of the Hong Kong-based M+ museum. Ma used to work for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and Chinese artist Cai Guo-qiang (蔡國強) in New York.
Yu will then guide two exhibition tours on April 29 to help exhibition-goers better understand his art.
After Hong Kong, the exhibition will travel to Nantes, Morlaix, and Lisbon.
‘Parmi Dieux et Titans: Engravings by Yu Jen-chih'