Where Time Runs Backwards by Daniel Shieh with Chia-Lun Chang and Arleene Correa Valencia, Photo by Gregory Gentert
Where Time Runs Backwards by Daniel Shieh with Chia-Lun Chang and Arleene Correa Valencia, Photo by Gregory Gentert

Where Time Runs Backwards

by Daniel Shieh
With Chia-Lun Chang and Arleene Correa Valencia

Upper Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island


Where Time Runs Backwards is an exhibition by Daniel Shieh featuring five new site-specific works created for LMCC’s Arts Center on Governors Island. Weaving personal history and cultural icons into sculptures that sing, rotate, hover, and shift, each work reflects the artist’s understanding of the United States and his place within American culture. 

Daniel’s work is exhibited alongside poetry by Chia-Lun Chang and textile works by Arleene Correa Valencia. All three artists draw upon conversations with their parents about aspirations for their children and what becoming American entails. The title “Where Time Runs Backwards” refers to the artists' means of self-determination—endlessly retracing the past decisions of their families in order to make sense of their future. 

2023 Exhibitions
Presented by Allies in Arts, Photo by Martin Seck


Presented by Allies in Arts

Lower Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island

By What Means and What Measure

A reading and panel discussion with exhibiting artist Daniel Shieh, poet Chia-Lun Chang, and authors Lisa Hsiao Chen and Ly Tran.

Saturday, August 12, 3pm
Upper Gallery
at The Arts Center at Governors Island

Daniel Shieh and Chai-Lun Chang met as LMCC artists in residence at The Arts Center on Governors Island in 2021 and worked together on the exhibition Where Time Runs Backwards currently on view at The Arts Center at Governors Island. Chia-Lun will read a poem written in response to Daniel’s exhibited sculptures and invite Lisa Hsiao Chen and Ly Tran to read excerpts from their work which touch on their personal experiences of how time and memory pass between generations of immigrant families. 

The four artists and writers will engage in conversation about how their diaspora experiences and political situations have informed their practice.

Learn More! 

Daniel Shieh

Daniel Shieh is a Taiwanese-born artist who investigates what is considered foreign to the United States. Through audio and sculptural installations, he examines key themes in American culture such as the frontier, nativism, and space exploration. His immersive installations often take the form of architectural structures that manipulate spatial perception and alter the power dynamics between visitors. Shieh has exhibited at Socrates Sculpture Park, SPRING/BREAK, Franconia Sculpture Park, Josephine Sculpture Park, and I-Park Foundation. He has been awarded residencies and fellowships at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, Bronx Museum of the Arts, MASS MoCA, Anderson Ranch, Fountainhead, Millay Arts, ACRE, and Wassaic Project. He received an MDes from Harvard University and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Chia-Lun Chang

Chia-Lun Chang is the author of Prescribee, winner of the 2021 Nightboat Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, An Alien Well-Tamed (Belladonna*, 2022) and One Day We Become Whites (No, Dear, 2016). She has received support from Jerome Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Poets House, Tofte Lake Center, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council among others. She teaches contemporary Taiwanese poetry and fiction at the Brooklyn Public Library. Born and raised in New Taipei City and Puli, she lives in New York City.

Arleene Correa Valencia

Arleene Correa Valencia received her MFA from California College of the Arts. One of four children originally from Arteaga, Michoacán, Mexico, Correa Valencia is a beneficiary of DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) and is on a path to becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. The Correa Valencia family fled to the United States in 1997 and found home in California’s Napa Valley. Arleene is an inaugural recipient of the Bay Area Fellowship at Headlands Center for the Arts and received a regional Emmy award for her feature REPRESENT: Portraits of Napa Workers: Arleene Correa Valencia by KQED Arts.

Based in Napa Valley, California, Correa Valencia has been represented by Catharine Clark Gallery since 2022.


List of Artworks Included in the Exhibition:

Daniel Shieh 
Wishing you a peaceful future, 2023
Voyager Golden Record replica, found concrete debris, magnetic levitation device, sound dome, faux rock


Daniel Shieh 
Mother’s Anthem, 2023
Radios, wood platform, paint, recording of the American anthem in 30 languages


Daniel Shieh 
Home Flag, 2023
Pewter frame, photo on paper


Daniel Shieh
Sheltered Sky, 2023
Resin, plexiglas, LED light, curved track, motor, lumber, cement


Daniel Shieh 
Power Play, 2023
Lumber, paint, mirrors

Arleene Correa Valencia
Un Abrazo Mas / One More Hug, 2021
Repurposed textiles on black canvas


Arleene Correa Valencia
Capturados: Pájaros En Vuelo 1997 / Captured: Birds In Flight 19972022
Repurposed family clothing on canvas


Arleene Correa Valencia
Aventuras Hacia El Norte: Sueńos de Un Padre Migrante /
Adventures North: An Immigrant Father’s Dreams, 2022
Repurposed family clothing on canvas


Chia-Lun Chang
Extracted Wild Cypress
If I Were Born in America
Do Not Grow Flowers for Oxygen
The Form of Pomelo
4 poems from the book, Prescribee, 2022

Special Thanks to the Production Team: Pepper Fajans, Sammie Warren, Odin Grina, Ryan Frank, Natalia Janul, Ian McElroy, Caeley Baines, Rachel Schapira, Elijah Nurse, Thomas Dennis, Jiajia Wu.