Isa Ho: Fairy Tales
Most of my work is a commentary on woman’s place in society, and is frequently informed by my traditional Asian upbringing.
A series of images which I produced in the last decade, narrate my individual experiences as well as the world which I observed. The characters in each of my images refer to the different roles that are expected of women; roles that derive from traditional notions of correct etiquette and good manners which a woman is supposed to acquire for her proper place in society.
In my work I use contemporary references to classic fairy tales, where fantasy characters, princesses, she-warriors, and fake brides, interact with the more mundane realities of modern womanhood. These fictitious personae play themselves out in unlikely scenarios that upend traditional stereotypes. Their fantasy worlds allow me to engage a wider range of expression of my femininity.
text by Isa Ho
Isa Ho (Ho Meng-Chuan)
Born in 1977 Keelung, Taiwan
Isa Ho has grown up in a Taiwan very different from that of her grandmothers, and the seismic changes in women’s lives and roles are a central theme of her work. Today women are free to work, live independently, and marry whomever they choose. Yet they remain under pressure to uphold the Confucian idea that a good woman stays demurely at home under the care of her father or husband.
1/6/13 - 24/11/13
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
20/7/13 - 22/9/13
East Lobby, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
20/7/12 - 15/9/13
Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada