Jennis Li Cheng Tien
Lives and works in Berlin
Jennis Li Cheng Tien works on the basis of knowledge of particular places, seeking out their specific stories and characteristics and adapting her visual artistic practices to the context. Through a series of languages her work is aimed first and foremost at creating a sensory experience on an initial physical, aesthetic level, without attaching too much importance to the potential ideological side.
She investigates repetition and difference through the exploration of templates and urban planning, and how they directly influence the urban landscape and our perception of this landscape. This enables her to find out about and compare cities of diverse cultural origins and to create her conceptual and visual vocabulary. She contacts local residents and encourages them to participate, observing how her work gradually takes on different forms.
Jennis also creates series in which the main theme is the questioning of personal identity and its ephemeral nature in our time. This draws her to digital recycling, offering a satirical take on how society’s perception of beauty is influenced by the digitally altered images.
Her works take the form of site-specific installations, objects, photographs and videos in which she takes great care of the aesthetic aspect of the images.
She holds a Diploma in Interactive Media Design from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore (2003) and a Master’s Degree in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany (2010).
Jennis Li Cheng Tien has exhibited her work at Le LAIT Art Centre in Albi, France (2015); in “What it is about when it is about nothing”, at the Mizuma Gallery, Singapore (2015); in “Solatge” at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2015); in “No Templates” at Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, Alaró, Spain (2014); in “Paradís terrenal” at the RDV Gallery, Nantes, France (2014); in “Corrent continu” at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2014); in “Hinterlandmark” at Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, Alaró, Spain (2014); in “LOOP tamtamART Taipei.IPIX”, Taipei, Taiwan (2014); in the JUSTMAD 5 Emerging Art Fair, at the stand of Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, in Madrid, Spain (2014); in “To repeat but not replicate” at Babel Kunst, Trondheim, Norway (2013); in “UTOPIA Senatsreservenspeicher”, Berlin, Germany (2013); in “The Cloud Connection”, at Turtlelab, Berlin, Germany (2013); in “Status (2) Künstlerhaus Bethanien”, Berlin, Germany (2013); in “The Garden of Eden” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012); in “It’s simply an exhibition of works on paper” at Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, Alaró, Spain (2012); in the ASYAAF: Young Artists Art Festival, Seoul, South Korea (2012); and in “zu.sammeln to gather a Bedrohte Baudenkmäler in Deutschland”, Biedenkopf, Germany (2010), among others.
She has completed the following artist residencies: Studio Residency at Grey Projects, Singapore (2015); ETAC, Le LAIT Art Centre, Albi, France (2015); ETAC, Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2015); SI Arts Grant, Singapore International Foundation, Singapore (2013); LKV Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway (2013); Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, Mallorca, Spain (2012); Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt art iT Scholarship, Berlin, Germany (2011), and Re-thinking Home, Eigenbetrieb der Stadt, Biedenkopf, Germany (2010).