Chia-Wei Hsu was awarded the 10th Eye Prize. Presented by Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the Eye Prize goes to an artist or filmmaker who is making an exceptional contribution to new developments at the intersection of the visual arts and film. The award consists of a cash prize to support production of a new work and the artist is also given a solo exhibition at Eye Filmmuseum.

Chia-Wei Hsu studied at the School of Plastic Art of the National Taiwan University of Arts and completed graduate studies at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Lille. He has dedicated his artistic focus to unravelling the tangled geopolitical realities that beset Southeast Asia, in the present and in the past.

Hsu Chia-Wei, A Performance in the Church, 2021. Three-channel video. 16'40", 3'53", 6'40". Courtesy of the artist. Provided by Hsu Chia Wei Studio.

Working primarily in single- and multi-channel video installations, Hsu analyzes the history and mythology of border areas, such as between Thailand and Myanmar. He employs distinct techniques which intertwine and meld film and contemporary art in profoundly unexpected ways, while always keeping the digital technologies he utilizes in the foreground of his installations.

The international jury, chaired by Bregtje van der Haak, director of Eye Filmmuseum, stated that his work represents

a highly original fusion of archaeology and technology . . . Every new project is like the exploration of a new territory, diving deep into history and bringing it to life, using interviews, VR, cinematic language and archaeometric methods.

The prize consists of a €30,000 monetary award. Hsu joins the exceptional company of previous recipients of the Eye Prize, such as Garrett Bradley (2023), Saodat Ismailova (2022) and the Karrabing Film Collective (2021).

Hsu has shown his work at biennials and triennials in Venice, Shanghai, Gwangju, Busan, Sydney, Melbourne, and Aichi. He most recently had exhibitions at Macalline Art Center in Beijing, Yamaguchi Center for Media and Arts in Japan and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. For more information about Chia-Wei Hsu receiving the 10th Eye Prize, check here.

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