Isa Ho (Ho Meng-Chuan)

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. “Modern women are given more opportunities to express themselves and their abilities,” the artist says, “but the roles women take on in today’s society also create conflicts between traditional values and new ones.” Her photo-print series I Got Super-Strong Courage (2008) is, like most of her works, a comical representation of this liberation struggle. The pictures show the artist dressed in army gear (but also, variously, a pink bra, a thong, and slippers that hint at foot-binding) and bearing an arsenal of weapons (but also an embroidery frame and a doll). Each image is titled with one of the Confucian “noble virtues”: wen, temperance; liang, goodness; gong, respect; jian, frugality; and rang, submissiveness. The symbols Isa Ho attaches to these virtues are sometimes traditional (embroidery for “goodness”) and sometimes not (a minimalist red thong for “frugality”).  Women, she believes, should neither reject the old ways nor embrace them unthinkingly. Instead they should adapt them to 21st century reality. Far from being the enemy, tradition can be “one of our many weapons”, she says.  “I try to reinterpret the traditional virtues so they empower the modern woman.” 


  • 2012. ACC grantees, Residency program at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York
  • 2012. Prix Pictet Nomination
  • 2012. Asia Pioneer Photographer Nomination
  • 2011. Kaohsiung Art Award
  • 2009 - 2010. Residency Paris, Cité International des Arts
  • 2008. Taiwan Young Art Award
  • 2005. Taipei Art Award Nomination


2005 M.F.A., Taipei National University of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2001 B.F.A. in painting, Department of Fine Arts, National Institute of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan


National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts/Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Kaosiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Solo exhibitions:

  • 2012. Girls/Spring, InArt Space,Tainan, Taiwan
  • 2011. Girls, VT ArtSalon,Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2010. You are my hero, La Chambre Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2009. Once Upon a Future, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2009. Project Paris: You are my hero, Galerie Etienne de Causans, Paris, France
  • 2008. I got super strong courage, VT ArtSalon,Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2007. Solo Exhibition, SOKA Beijing, China
  • 2007. Nacissus, Cans Book Shop, 798 Beijing, China
  • 2005. To Call me Snow White!, TC284, Taipei, Taiwan

Group exhibitions:

  • 2012. DIVA", Sakshi Gallery, India
  • 2012. D'abord les forêts Opus 3" La Tour de l'Auditoire, Chateauvillan, France
  • 2012. Aire de Taiwan" Hôtel de Savigny, Provins, France
  • 2012. Incere Subversion" VT ArtSalon ,Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2012. Manifestation of Homunculi,"Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, TNUA ,Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2012. Art meets Fasion" Bellavita ,Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2012. Life is elsewhere-2012 4th Dali international Photography exhibition" Dali ,China
  • 2012. Dragon, Asia Aspiring"Absolute Zenith", Banqiao, Taipei
  • 2012. International Women Arts Exhibition Lights of Women" Gwangju Museum of Arts, Gwangju, Korea
  • 2011. FOTOSEPTIMBRE USA-SAFOTO International Photography Festival", Texas, USA
  • 2011. 2011 Kaohsiung Fine Arts Award", Kaohsiung Museum, Kaohsiung
  • 2011. A Poetry of Silence, TAD Shanghai, China
  • 2010. YES TAIWAN-Taiwan Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichuang
  • 2010. Taipei Biennial" Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2010. Urban Crack " MOT mobile gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2010. The Other Book" G-dot Art Space, Beijing
  • 2009. Indian Art Summit" Delhi, India
  • 2009. Being in the World---an exhibition for self and situations",Taichung, Taiwan
  • 2008. Sweeties-Celebrating 20 Years of IT Park", Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2008. Kuandu Biennale 2008 " , Kuandu museum of fine arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2008. PINGYAO international photography festival ", Pingyao, Jiang Xi, China
  • 2008. ART TAIPEI 2008-Made in Taiwan: Young Artist Discovery Exhibition, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2008. Grooving 2, Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2008. FU New generation female artists in Taiwan, Da Xiang Art Space, Taichung, Taiwan
  • 2008. Blue Dot Asia, Seoul Art Center, Korea
  • 2008. Bubble Tea: Art of Taiwan and Its Contemporary Mutations, Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2007. Frolic: Humor and Mischief in New Taiwanese Art, 2X13 Gallery, Tenri Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan and Gallery of Taipei Cultural Center, New York, USA
  • 2007. Taiwan: From Within the Mist, The Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, USA
  • 2007. Fashion Accidentally, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2006. Re-genesis: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Haikou, China
  • 2006. Taipei Art Award, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2006. Art Taipei 2006, Huashan Art District, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2005. Scylla and Charybdis: The Challenges Facing Contemporary Taiwanese Artists, KdMoFA, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2005. Oil Painting Study Society Great Exhibition in 2005, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2004. Simulation Generation, Soka Arts center, Beijing, China
  • 2004. Scylla and Charybdis: The Challenges Facing Contemporary Taiwanese Artists, Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea
  • 2004. Huashan Round Table - The 3rd Artist Fair, Huashan Art District, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2003. 1:15 – Diversion and Progress of the Mood in the Present Time, Main-Trend Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2003. Spirit Reconstructing Trilogy-Caroling Life, Taipei Natinal Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2003. Digging Jazz, The Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan
  • 2002. 2002 Artist fair, Huashan Art Direct, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2000. Choosing the Sample by Chance, Crown Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2000. 30% Off, National Institute of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1999. Bird Spotting, National Institute of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1999. Scenes of Life, Photography Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1999. All for Love, National Institute of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan