In Manhattan's downtown art scene in the late 1970s and early 80s, a young Taiwanese artist by the name of Tehching Hsieh (b. 1950) made an exceptional series of artworks. Working outside the art world's sanctioned spaces and economies, Hsieh embarked on five separate yearlong performances. In each, he made a strict rule that governed his behaviour for an entire year. The performances were unprecedented in terms of their use of physical difficulty over extreme durations and in their absolute conception of art as a living process. In 'One Year Performance 1980-1981', Hsieh subjected himself to the dizzying discipline of clocking onto a worker's time clock on the hour, every hour, for a whole year. In 'One Year Performance 1981-1982', Hsieh inhabited a further sustained deprivation: he remained outside for a year without taking any shelter. Each work convenes different methods of documentation, challenging what it might mean to archive a life. This exhibition is curated by Adrian Heathfield and is a Collateral Event of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. .
All images © Hugo Glendinning. Courtesy of the Artist and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum of Taiwan