TEHCHING HSIEH (1950, Taiwan)
Tehching Hsieh is a performance artist. After growing up in Taiwan, he came to the USA in 1974, where he stayed as an illegal immigrant for fourteen years, until he was granted amnesty in 1988. During this period, the artist made five One Year Performances in and around his studio in New York City, and started his Thirteen Year Plan. Using long durations, Tehching Hsieh’s performances centralize time as the main theme of his work, making art and life simultaneous. Time is understood by him as a life sentence: life is passing time. Since the millennium, released from the restrictions of the Thirteen Year Plan, Hsieh is no longer doing art. Now he is doing life.
• De Jongh, Karlyn, Tehching Hsieh. In: Art Investor, Germany, 2014
• De Jongh, Karlyn, Tehching Hsieh: Restriction, Time and Liberation. In: Yvi, Netherlands, 2013
• De Jongh, Karlyn, Art / Life: A Conversation with Tehching Hsieh. In: CMagazine 105, Canada, 2010
• Lodermeyer, Peter, Karlyn De Jongh & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME SPACE EXISTENCE, DuMont Verlag, Cologne, Germany, 2009