Taiwanese artist Chang Hsia-fei (張夏翡), who is known for transforming her daily experiences into conceptual art creations, was invited by the France Association l'étend'art to hold a solo exhibition in Metz, France from March 13 through June 14.
Chang's new work is named "No more bets, the stakes are set (Les jeux sont faits. Rien ne va plus)," which takes inspiration from her time as a croupier in a Parisian casino on Champs-Élysées Avenue. She uses neon lights, carpets, and Japanese taiko drums in this project.
The exhibition is named after a casino term that the croupier will say after all the bets have been placed and players can no longer change their minds. Chang remarked that casino-goers often dream of winning money or even becoming rich overnight; however, most of them are disappointed at the end. She felt her chosen phrase also shares similar sentiments with the saying "the die is cast and there's no going back" in a reflection of the fact that no matter how hard some people try, they seem doomed with bad luck and are never able to overturn fate.
During the exhibition, Chang will be holding several drum performances. The drumming will be used to symbolize both hardships and the beating of the human heart. The exhibition will be curated by Pascal Beausse, a well-known art critic and head of photography collections at the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Paris.
The showcase will take place during the "Week-end de l'art contemporain Grand Est" art fair that will be held in multiple cities in northeast France. In addition to Centre Pompidou-Metz being around the corner of the host Galerie des Jours de Lune, shuttle bus arrangements will also help the exhibition attract a wider viewership.
‘Hsia-fei Chang: Les jeux sont faits. Rien ne va plus’
Date: March 13 – June 14, 2020
Venue: Showroom des Trinitaires
Address: 6 Rue des Trinitaires, Metz, Grand Est, France