Circumgyration is a photographic project dedicated to explore the boundary among reality, truth and memory. The temporality of photography is projected to the status quo and the future. I am always lamenting on the people and things existing before the invention of photography, for they lost the chance to be captured in the image and these moments were gone. That is the reason that I am fascinated to take fragments of memories from others and reenact them in my work. Using the 8 by 10 large format camera with the setup of lightings, I intend to arrest the scenes of these memories which has fleeted away in the past. Therefore, these images may be virtually regarded as the “pseudo memory”.
Chen Chin-pao has focused on different aspects of photography since the very beginning of his career. It was a series of documentary portraiture, A Moment of Beauty: Betel Nut Girls, to get him to be noticed. He then works on different projects: Circumgyration deals with “pseudo memory” by taking fragments of memories from elementary school students and parents, then have students to stage and to “reenact” the scenes of memory. Heaven on Earth is a project of social landscape to photograph juxtaposed shrines, houses and graves and depict Taiwan as a land shared by gods, humans and ghosts. His latest ongoing project, Ordinary Household, is dedicated to depict contemporary Taiwanese domestic life. Chen was awarded The Overseas Photographer Award of The 26th Higashikawa Award at 2008. He lives and works in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
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