Ni Hao at Taipei Fine Arts Museum
April 27–July 21, 2019
Ni Hao's solo exhibition Ambush departs from the relationship between manufactured objects and our conditions of living. In this exhibition, he creates a new body of works in multi-disciplinary practices including recent sculptures, installation, painting, and video works to underline the interchanging issues among power, violence, and acceleration in the sense of constantly changing geo-political structure on a global scale. The exhibition will run from April 27 through July 21 at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in 2019.
The installation work under the same exhibition title allows the visitors to redeem a stack of fake credit cards from a capsule toy vending machine and shoot them with an injection mechanism, which were previously fixed up by Ni Hao from an old model of ATM. The targets are objects and products in a regular domestic office setting, surrounded by large glass panels which make the scene a literal cage in the museum gallery. In the shooting game, the visitor becomes a sovereign overlooking and against the stage where the visitor always involves. Hi Hao reverses the consequences of labouring, alienation, and consumptions in the theory of Marxism. The excitement and violence generated in the experience seal up the discrepancy and the sense of being lost, in which people are estranged by the labouring and capital world.