Ting-Ting Cheng | Taiwan
Artist. She works with video, photography and installation. Her work discusses the intersections of text, image and language and how they configure notions of identity, belonging and culture. Cheng completed master’s degrees in Visual Arts from the Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2014, and Photography from the University of Westminster, London, 2009. She has exhibited solo at the Taipei Fine Art Museum (2011); Addaya Centre D’Art Contemporani, Mallorca, Spain (2011); Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain (2013); her solo exhibitions I know what you are trying to say, Rowan Arts, London, (2012); and I know what you are trying to say II, Gallery Normart, Osaka (2014), were seminal to the progress of her research. She has been featured in group exhibitions like You Are Here, Kingsgate Gallery and Camden Art Centre, London (2014); Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen, China (2013); and III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2012). She lives and works in London.
The artist creates a library of roughly 500 titles, in Portuguese and English, about places that do not exist on any level – political, social, philosophical, or geographical. The books will be available for public reading at the exhibition space. Opposing the notions of existence and visibility, the artist questions why certain places exist while others remain non-existent, despite being equally real. A development of research into the connections between text, image, and language in configuring the notions of identity, belonging and culture, The atlas of places do not exist is a subjective mapping of places that underscores how language and different types of knowledge can be used as a political tool.