Hou Chien Cheng


Book, 11 x 17,5 cm, 180 p., language : English, publisher : Publication Studio Rotterdam, ISBN : 978-94-92308-06-1.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2028/374).

Literary synopsis

In a series of distinctly filmic and culturally ambiguous settings the reader is introduced to Albert Green, his childhood, the dress that catalyzes his gender expression, and the cast of characters that engage Green in their fetishistic desires.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

Green is the second episode of a novel trilogy – Orchestrating the Borrowed, in which the worlds of artist's autobiography are explored and the concept of borrowed identity is examined. The trilogy contains Brown, Green and White.

In Green Hou tenderly and jauntily entwines harsh realities with unique human insights, effected by the experience of growing up differently. The second in a series of three fictive-autobiographies, Green was written while Hou was living the life of Albert Green, his novel's transgendered protagonist. Green (and the entire trilogy) is very much a work that is both literary and artistic. For it transpires social issues by writing text, and creating visual works, that respond to the researched subjects.

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