Born 1963, Penghu Islands, Taiwan. Died 2014

The Chinese title of Chen Shun-Chu’s Remnant Vision—Psychic Landscape series (2011) is Zannen Scenery. Borrowed from Japanese and popular in Taiwen, zannen—which translates roughly as “what a shame”—conveys regret for a desire thwarted or a plan unfulfilled. The artist’s screen-processed photos are hugely enlarged negatives of random overexposures, taken by clicking the shutter while the camera is moving and unfocused. Within these accidental “landscapes”, which reduce the world to a play of light and darkness, the artist incorporates two curling strands of his wife’s hair, inserting into each blur of mystery a tantalisingly cryptic clue.

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