Empire’s Borders I
2008 – 2009, 35mm transferred to DVD, colour & black and white, and sound,
Single-channel video, 26 min 50 sec
Empire’s Border I, a single-channel video installation, is based on Chen Chieh-jen’s blog project titled The Illegal Immigrant. The film re-enacts the discriminatory treatment encountered by eight Taiwanese applicants for American visas, and nine mainland Chinese who have immigrated to Taiwan on marriage visas. The artist used the blog to collect individual accounts that he crystallised into a collective narrative portrayal, which he then filmed in a specially constructed space. The work documents the isolation, scrutiny, distrust and control imposed upon this group of people located at the border of the empires.
Photo by: Chen You-wei