Under the support of the Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Russia, the works of Taiwanese performing artist Hsieh Tehching (謝德慶) will be on display at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow from Sep. 10 to Jan. 30, 2022, as part of the exhibition "Spirit Labor: Duration, Difficulty, and Affect (時間的勞役。關於延續、阻礙與激情)."
Artworks by Hsieh will include "Jump Piece (跳)," "One Year Performance 1980-1981, Time Clock Piece (一年行為表演：1980-1981，打卡)," and "One Year Performance 1981-1982, Outdoor Piece (一年行為表演：1981-1982，戶外)."
In "Jump Piece," Hsieh photographed his act of flinging himself off an approximately 15-foot-high second-floor window onto concrete, establishing the practice of documenting his own work throughout his career.
"Time Clock Piece" shows Hsieh subjecting himself to the dizzying discipline of clocking on to a worker's time clock on the hour, every hour, for a whole year.
In "Outdoor Piece," Hsieh deprived himself by remaining outside for a year without taking any shelter.
"Spirit Labor: Duration, Difficulty, and Affect" explores the relatively small segment of contemporary art that is dedicated to investigating and challenging the durational dimension of its agents, from the body of the artist to the act of making and viewing art. It brings together works by 30 artists from different generations across Southeast and Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Eastern and Western Europe.
Hsieh was born in Pingtung, Taiwan and now lives in New York. Through practice, he expresses the process of doing and experiencing time. By constantly challenging mankind's perception of time through extreme creative art forms, Hsieh has made himself irreplaceable in the contemporary art scene.
For more information, please visit Garage Museum of Contemporary Art's website.