Bill Viola presents work in Breaking Free, a group exhibition at Asia University Museum of Modern Art in Taichung, Taiwan.
Breaking Free features Viola’s video works, alongside the work of Paul Chiang, Armand Fernandez and Ashin. The exhibition aims to present works by artists whose work sheds light on convention by breaking away from it. In disrupting and deconstructing facets of everyday life, this international group of artists also subverts and questions art and art making.
For Breaking Free, Viola presents a dual screen video work Becoming Light (2005), as well as two works from Sedition: A Phrase From “Chris” (2011) and A Phrase From “Illumination” (2011). The works deal with life, death, togetherness, separation, transcendence and coming of age.
Viola explains about his inspiration: “I think primarily it was curiosity about life. Curiosity about what would happen when relatives died. Where did they go? Could they still be reached? Curiosity about seeing a new member of the family born. Where did it come from? What were they before they were here with us? Curiosity about personal experiences that seem to indicate an existence of another order or another domain of experience.” (Journal of Contemporary Art, 1990)
Breaking Free is on at the Asia University Museum of Modern Art in Taichung from 6 February until 31 July 2016.