The Taiwanese pioneer of performance art talks to us about his work.
Tehching Hsieh was born in 1950 in Taiwan and dropped out from school in 1967 to take up painting. Shortly after his first solo show at the gallery of American News Bureau in Taiwan, he stopped painting and did the Jump Piece performance. Starting from the late 1970s, Hsieh made five One Year Performances, inside and outside his studio in New York City, where he lived as an illegal immigrant until he was granted amnesty in 1988. Using long durations, Hsieh achieved one of the most radical approaches in contemporary art. The first four One Year Performances made Hsieh a regular name in New York, while the last two pieces, intentionally retreating from the art world, set a tone of sustained invisibility. Since 2000, released from the restriction of not showing his works during a thirteen-year period, Hsieh has exhibited his work in North and South America, Asia and Europe.