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Shall we have some tea...

The Ownership Project, Melbourne, Australia

2017 & 2018




I-Yen Chen

Waiting, waiting for the wind to blow


video installation: two videos (HD 1280 x720) 10m 00’, linen cushions, tea pot, tea cups, Japanese and Taiwanese snacks, dimension variable. Courtesy of the artist.

(In collaboration with Artist Yumemi Hiraki)

Photo Credit: Frazer McBride

When we chat about trivial things, or gossip, we always have biscuits and tea sitting at the kotatsu (a traditional Japanese blanket tea table). Our talk meanders over relationships, over clothes, over food. But this is also how we talk about history. 

We eat and chat at the same time. There are always unnoticed crumbs that trickle and fall. When we collect those falling pieces and pick them up,


They become history.


I-Yen Chen and Yumemi Hiraki, upon meeting and bonding in Melbourne, found fascination in the tensions and softness between their cultural backgrounds. Their invisible yet entangled family relationship guides the curiosity and playfulness in this project, utilizing the domesticity of this particular gallery to embody a wider historical scene that focuses on the individuals’ life-story.

This collaboration is an attempt to convey the grand scale of history through a soft and creative language. After all, while history is a great wind that blows through time, it’s also trivial like crumbs that fall while we chat.

Taking advantage of the apartment-like gallery space, both artists, Yumemi Hiraki and I-Yen Chen will create spatial installations representing a ‘home setting’, hoping to invite the viewers to experience history by joining them for a tea and a chat around the kotatsu.

Link to the video documentation of installation works:

Waiting, waiting for the wind to blow, 2017


                                             Kitchen, 2017

All works are collaborated by Yumemi Hiraki and I-Yen Chen

Special thanks to our amazing moms Yoko Hiraki and Kuo Cheng Chin for technical and emotional supports, Janaka Lovell for helping us around. 

Great thanks to Multicultural Arts Victoria and The Ownership Project for making this show happen.

Photo credit: Frazer McBride

Reported by LIMINAL Magazine:

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