Pseudo- & Hetero-, the respective prefixes for two literary terms, pseudonym and heteronym, will frame the dialogue between Tao Hui and Barry Doupé and open on January 12th, 2018. While a pseudonym, literally meaning a “false name” in Greek, is a pen name adopted by an author; a heteronym, in literature, defined and developed by Portuguese writer and poet Fernando Pessoa, is a separate identity invented. Under a pseudonym the author is still himself as he writes, whereas for a heteronym, the author excused himself for a fictive writer who lives and writes independently. Surpassing the mere change of “nym” (name), Pseudo- is a temporary existence, a part-time alter ego with a disparate appearance, gender, and belief. Hetero-, in reverse, bifurcates, multiplies, and dissolves into different and distinct identities.

In Tao’s videos Talk About Body (2013) and The Dusk at Teheran (2014), the self takes up a proactive presence under a pseudo identity. In Talk the artist himself, dressed in the attire of an Islamic woman, describes his body parts in anatomical terms to a silent crowd in a bedroom. The appearance of an Islamic woman enwraps but does not conceal the protagonist and his speech. Dusk reenacts a real speech––a lamentation about missing out marriage and family–– by Hong Kong singer Anita Mui at her farewell concert, a month before her death of cancer, through
an Iranian woman in a cab on her way home. The shift of speakers from an ill, middle-aged woman who owned a successful singing career, to a vital, young woman who
is prohibited

In Doupé’s computer-animated films, The Colors that Combine to Make White are Important(2012) and Ponytail (2008), the characters live on the contingencies of automated animation cycles and the text-to-speak converter that translates the artist’s streams of consciousness into
foreign languages. The artist’s authorship is taken over by his characters who, as the film progresses, begin to explore themselves and achieve heteronymous identities. There is a
constructed world in both works from which the insider cannot escape and to which the outsider, the creator and the viewer, have no access.

The opening reception of Pseudo- & Hetero- on January 12th at 6PM will also feature a lecture performance of Maryam Taghavi.

A full screening of Doupé’s The Colors that Combine to Make White are Important (2012) wil be held a week later on the January 19th.

Tao Hui (1987) was born in Yunyang, Chongqing, China. He graduated from Sichuan Fine Art Institute with a BFA in Oil Painting in 2010 and currently lives and works in Beijing, China. He won the special award of Contemporary Art Archive from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2008 and ‘Art Sanya & Huayu Youth Award’ in Sanya in 2015. He also won the grand prize of 19th “Contemporary Art Festival Sesc Videobrasil”, and was shortlisted for “HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists” and International Competition sector of the KINO DER KUNST festival in 2017. His solo exhibitions include ‘Not at all’, OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, China, 2017; ‘Now & Then’, Galeria UNTILTHEN, Paris, France; ‘New Direction: Tao Hui’, solo project at UCCA, Beijing, China; ‘1 Character & 7 Materials’ at AIKE-DELLARCO, Shanghai, China, 2015. Group exhibitions include: ‘The mulberry forest becoming ocean’, Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany, 2017; ‘Why Not Ask Again: 11th Shanghai Biennale’, PSA, Shanghai, China, 2016; ‘Bentu - Chinese artists at a time of turbulence and transformation’, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, “Hack Space”, chi K11Art Space, Shanghai, China, 2016; ‘Contemporary Art Festival Sesc Videobrasil: Southern Panoramas’, São Paulo, Brazil, 2013, 2015.

Barry Doupé (b. 1982 Victoria, BC) is a Vancouver based artist primarily working with computer animation. He graduated from the Emily Carr University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in animation. His films use imagery and language derived from the subconscious; developed through writing exercises and automatic drawing. He often creates settings within which a characters' self-expression or action is challenged and thwarted, resulting in comic, violent and poetic spectacles.His films have been screened throughout Canada and Internationally including the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, BC), the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS), Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, Michigan), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Anthology Film Archives (NY, New York), Lyon Contemporary Art Museum (Lyon, France), Pleasure Dome (Toronto, ON), MOCCA (Toronto, ON), Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) and the Tate Modern (London, UK).

Maryam Taghavi is a Tehran-born artist currently living and working in Chicago. She makes photographs, installations, videos, publications, and performances that are characterized by their ephemeral nature. She graduated with an MFA in Performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was the recipient of the New Artist Society Scholarship. She has performed and exhibited at venues such as Queens Museums in NY, LAXART in LA, Ex Teresa Museum in Mexico City, Xpace in Toronto, and Sazmanab in Tehran.