GHOST EAT MUD by PEI-HSUAN WANG at KUNSTHAL GENT [from 20220930 to 20221218]

[Photos: Michiel De Cleene]

Years ago, Pei-Hsuan Wang's mother made the crossing from Taiwan to the United States. Only later would Pei-Hsuan follow her, travelling on to Europe after her studies. At a young age, Wang quickly collided with the insecurities brought by the differences between 'the East' and 'the West'. Drawing on her traumas, memories, family history and aspirations, Wang's work explores the vulnerability, contradictions and beauty associated with the identity development of an Asian woman in diaspora.

The artist's 12-year-old niece Iris is a biracial girl with Taiwanese-American roots and a rich imagination. She inspired Wang's oeuvre, which depicts racial and cultural intersections using primal images from myths and nature. The animals in her work depict guardians and portals. They shape inner experiences and evoke narratives that fuel both our instincts and our imaginations.

In the exhibition Ghost Eat Mud, Pei-Hsuan Wang uses sculpture, installation, illustration, textile and sound to introduce characters that span three generations. Next to her niece (and nephew) we now also find deliberate links to herself and her mother that stem from some dog-eared chapters of her life.

Pei-Hsuan Wang has exhibited work at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, and the National Gallery of Indonesia, among others. Recent solo exhibitions include I've Left My Body to Occupy Others at Good Weather, Chicago (2020), For Iris at Gallery 456, New York (2020), and You Are My Sunshine at Taipei Contemporary Art Center (2019). She is currently working and living in Ghent as a resident at the HISK Higher Institute for Fine Arts.

[Text: Kunsthal Gent]

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