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Ni Hao, born in Hsin Chu, Taiwan in 1989, now lives and works in Hsin Chu and New York. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include: Trust Me, Love Me, Gallery Vacancy, Shanghai, 2019; Siege, T293, Rome, 2019; Ambush, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2019. Works by the artist are included in the collections of VMAC in Hong Kong, MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) in Seoul, South Korea and Collezione Taurisano in Naples, Italy.
By utilizing various mediums such as sculpture and video, Ni Hao investigates power structure, consumerism, and violence aesthetics in his multidisciplinary practice.
In Ni Hao’s exhibitions, he often includes sound performances to be exhibited alongside sculptures. When sound interacts with our auditory perception, it occupies a physical space very much like sculptures. Sound has the ability to be interwoven into the space with everything in it to create theatrical experiences, and to generate a movement that animates inanimate objects in ways that other mediums can’t. Moreover, the music itself is definitely a very sculptural discipline, as the fundamental of sound is the vibration of objects, whether flute, drum, strings, bells, or even the human ability to sin ...
In this project, the shirts directly communicate and activate the static Grid series on the wall, by performing the idea of the bodies under the impact of the invisible systems and structures that dictate our lives within the domestic setting. Some shirts are flattened and slumped over, tossed on the ground, while others are erected, possessed, and full in their presence. Peripherally they appear human-like and animal-like, doing various gestures and occupying various corners inside the booth, but in reality, they are hollow shells consisting of Vietnamese or Chinese mass-produced shirts dip ...