Ya-chu Kang
Beyond One-third DMCotton Research Project-Chapter IV - Beyond One-thirdCotton Research Project-Chapter IV - Interview DocumentaryCotton Research Project-Chapter IVMapping the Visible and the Invisible - TimelineCotton Research Project-Chapter IVCradle Of Childhood Memories On Cotton StalkCradle Of Childhood Memories On Cotton Stalk - detailMapping the Visible and the InvisibleCotton Research Project-Chapter IV - Beyond One-thirdWhite Gold Growing On The TreeWhite Gold Growing On The TreePassing Through The Wormhole To A New DimensionPassing Through The Wormhole To A New DimensionThe Series of The Interwoven Abstraction, Reality, and TemperatureRumble Of ThunderRumble Of ThunderUntamed ForceUntamed ForceWeighing the SweetnessWeighing the SweetnessLaying The Ocean Of ResettlementLaying The Ocean Of ResettlementPass On The SpiritPass On The SpiritPass On The SpiritYarn And Smoothie On A DateYarn And Smoothie On A DateWhere The Sky And The Earth MeetWhere The Sky And The Earth MeetCotton Research Project-Chapter IV - Vectors in Strata Waiting For The Next ShuttleWaiting For The Next ShuttleWaiting For The Next ShuttleVectors In Strata Cotton Research Project-Chapter IV - Vectors In Strata Cotton Research Project-Chapter IVCotton Research Project-Chapter IVVectors In Strata - detailCotton Research Project-Chapter IV - Endless Cotton-fall Endless Cotton-fall Dirt Carpet #10 - Mian-beiCotton Research Project III – Cotton Dream/ Let’s SpinCotton Research Project III – Cotton Dream/ Let’s SpinCotton Research Project III – Cotton Dream/ Revolution WheelCotton Research Project III –Cotton Dream Cotton Research Project III –Cotton DreamCotton Research Project III –Cotton Dream-A Nap  (a series of tapestry work) Cotton Research Project III –Cotton Dream-A Nap  (a series of tapestry work) Cotton Research Project III –Cotton Dream-A Nap Cotton Research Project III –Cotton Dream- Open StudioCotton Research Project III –Cotton Dream - REMCotton Research Project-2Chapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ BannersChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Banners Chapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Banners Chapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Bloody CottonChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Bloody CottonChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Bloody CottonChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Kissing the ShuttleChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Kissing the ShuttleCotton Research Project-2Chapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Squatting & Cotton Workers PortraitsChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Squatting Chapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Squatting-detailChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Cotton Workers PortraitsChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Cotton Workers PortraitsChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Canal BoatChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)/ Canal BoatCotton Research Project-2Cotton Research Project II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker - Northern ResourceCotton Research Project II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker - Northern Resource-detailChapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)Chapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)Chapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)Chapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)Dirt Carpet #8 (Hong Kong) Graffiti Chapter II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester) - ResearchChapter II- – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)Chapter II- – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker (Manchester)Chapter I - Everything about Cotton is about CottonChapter I - Everything about Cotton is about CottonChapter I - Everything about Cotton is about CottonChapter I - Everything about Cotton is about CottonChapter I - Everything about Cotton is about CottonChapter I - Everything about Cotton is about CottonChapter I - Everything about Cotton is about CottonChapter I - Everything about Cotton is about CottonChapter I - Everything about Cotton is about CottonChapter I - Everything About Cotton Is About Cotton
Cotton
The work of this exhibition is selected from four chapters of the "Cotton Research Project", which includes the researches and art projects I did in India, Manchester, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The project is not just about material, it is through the links and the intertwined stories relate to the history documentary, the present society, industry, nature, trade and migration. The "Cotton Research Project II – Mill, Coal, Canal and Worker" was based in Manchester where the humid weather was a predominant factor in the region. The 18th-19th century transformation from a normal English town into an industrial powerhouse which initiated the industrial revolution. Rain is an iconic part of Mancunian life and although it could be seen as depressing, it has allowed for the effective spinning of cotton. This work is moving with the times and referencing the cities transition from an industrial past to a postindustrial future. The "Cotton Research Project III – Cotton Dream" was based in Hong Kong during my three-month residency in the end of 2019. Tsuen Wan was a former textile industrial area created by land reclamation. From a trolley used in the textile industry, to the road sign of Cotton Path, and even the way that Hong Kong Island was formed by a volcano, came together to form the Dirt Carpet stamp. As a Taiwanese experiencing the period of social movement which began from anti-extradition bill movement upheaval in Hong Kong, I found myself grappling with the sense of identity and the relationship between Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Depending on different visitors, display locations and social conditions, the work can be given a wide interpretation.

Textiles are being presented as a world language and evoke questions about our economy systemic and natural environment. This project relates to the development of the global materials industry and how the modern consumer culture today is affecting traditional culture. I am not only interested in the industry process and history of cotton mills per se, the project is a vehicle for ‘spinning the yarn’ to extend the imagination and awareness about the life we are living in. In this work spinning is not just a technical action, it is a metaphor for turning around and around. How could we keep the balance without creating too much tension? Textiles and threads here are not stitched to create the borders; they are woven into different interfaces and layers to eliminate boundary, create connection and encourage dialogue.