Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice, Italy – Shu Lea Cheang’s 3x3x6

Video (13:43): this video provides you with an exhibition walk through and interviews with artist Shu Lea Cheang and curator Paul B. Preciado. In this exhibition Shu Lea Cheang worked with the political and architectural history of the exhibition space.

“As Taiwan’s representation at the Venice Art Biennale 2019, Taipei Fine Arts Museum presents the project 3x3x6 by the artist Shu Lea Cheang. Curated by Paul B. Preciado, the brand-new site-specific work is inspired by the history of the exhibition venue, Palazzo delle Prigioni near Piazza San Marco, which first served as a prison in the sixteenth century.

The title of the project, 3x3x6, refers to today’s standardized architecture of industrial imprisonment: a 3 x 3 square-meter cell constantly monitored by 6 cameras. The exhibition investigates the interrelations between surveillance techniques (from the 18th Century panopticon to modern versions by the means of facial recognition, AI, Internet) and the punishment related to sexual and gender preferences. Ten films present ten historical and contemporary case studies of individuals who have been outcasted or incarcerated due to reasons of gender variance, sexual preference, or racial differences.” – VernissageTV (2019).

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