Bio – Charwei TSAI

Charwei TSAI (Ho Chi Minh City / Paris / Taipei)
Charwei Tsai was born in Taipei (1980) and currently lives and works in Paris and Taipei. Tsai graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Industrial Design and Art & Architectural History (2002) and the postgraduate research program at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (2010). Tsai utilizes a variety of media in a politically engaged, performative practice. At once highly personal yet universal in concern, Tsai grounds herself and art practice in a sense of (national/Taiwanese) identity and the consequent implications. Geographical, social and spiritual concerns inform a body of work directed towards activating participation outside the confines of complacent contemplation. In addition to her art practice, Tsai publishes a curatorial journal Lovely Daze twice a year since 2005. The complete sets of Lovely Daze are in the library collections of Tate Modern in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Pompidou Center in Paris, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.

Tsai has had solo exhibitions in Bogota, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo, and her projects
have been included in various international exhibitions including the inaugural Singapore Biennale (2006), Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves at ZKM Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2007), Traces du Sacré at Pompidou Center, Paris (2008), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (2009), Yokohama Triennale and Ruhrtriennale (both in 2011), A Dedication to the Sea at Espace Louis Vuitton in Singapore and Phantoms of Asia at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (both in 2012), Sharjah Biennale and Dojima River Biennale (both in 2013). Currently, Tsai is participating in Simple Shapes curated by Jean de Loisy at Pompidou Center, Metz that is on exhibit until November 2014.