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Chun-yu Liu

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Chun-yu Liu trained as an abstract painter before using moving image of video and artist film as her medium. Her work explores identity, migration, narrative, and fantasy through stories of others from her personal experience.

Liu was born in Taipei, Taiwan and is currently studying for her MFA at Wimbledon College of Art.


'Sumatra' is a video about my father's early experience in Indonesia before he moved to Taiwan. The work adopts the narrative structure of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and tells a, though seemingly fictional, factual story of my father about rural Sumatra, the violence against the Chinese Indonesian, and the subsequent diaspora and lost identity.


The video's output consists both archival still images from the Internet and film scenes from 'In the Mood for Love' and 'A City of Sadness' and the famous Indonesian song 'Bengawan Solo'.


National Biennale: Leicester 2014