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KdMoFA opens four new exhibitions

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Poster:Secretariat OfficePost date:2018-01-10
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The Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (KdMoFA) is running four exhibitions: “Soul Gazing upon Life: A Solo Exhibition by Chuang Ling”; “Viva Video! Te-Mao Lee Solo Exhibition”; “So Far, So Right: A Study of Reforms and Transitions Across Borders”; and Luminophore’s Travel Sim Chang Solo Exhibition.”
 
TNUA President Prof. Chen Kai-Huang, KdMoFA Director Prof. Chu Teh-I, photographer Chuang Ling and other guests of honor attended the opening ceremony for the four exhibitions, which run till February 25.
Chuang Ling, now 79, has devoted all his life to photography. Chuang started taking photographs when he was in the second grade of junior high school (1953) with a camera his father borrowed for him. From then on, photography has played a predominant role in his life for more than 60 years. 
 
Chuang’s photographic works highlight the “trueness” and “naturalness” of images. Taken in one shot, his photographic works combine visual and spiritual beauty and are endowed with the spirit of modern art. 
 
“Soul Gazing upon Life” is a refined representation of his works after “Towards Spiritual Perception at 70,” a retrospective held in 2008. In this present exhibition, change is made to the selection, number and arrangement of the displayed works. New works are added to show Chuang’s artistic practice and characteristics. Apart from the four series, “My Art Teachers and Friends,” “Approaching the Modern Era,” “Life Encounters,” and “Life on the Road,” this exhibition also include “Life Continued” and “My Newborn Baby,” two experimental films he made at the time when he founded Theater Quarterly with his friends in 1965. The viewers will have the chance to grasp Chuang’ photographic works and get a glimpse of the development of photography in Taiwan through the films of his interviews. What is also presented is his lifelong effort and persistence in promoting photography in Taiwan.
 
“Viva Video” echoes the theme of Biennale Venice 2017 “Viva Arte Viva” – art is the most precious part of the human being. It is the ideal place for reflection, individual expression, freedom and fundamental questions. More than ever, the role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are crucial in the framework of contemporary debates.
 
“Viva Video” refers to the development of a universal language of art, which does not service any particular object. Artwork processes the concept rather than the meaning, for example, seawater, light spot, rail track and river; they all are the concept of their noun, rather than the intermediaries to carry symbols or narratives. Once the art experience is formed, the artworks and the audience will directly connect, so that the audience will be raised and suspended above the existing knowledge and experience of the system. It forms inherent tension and strength when doubts and surprise happen. It deepens the viewer’s senses, which cannot be ignored.
 
“Luminophore’s Travel” is Sim Chang’s observation of things during the artist’s travel from city to city. The artist is after all only an observer, like a touch-screen device that when you slide your finger across, you move from this scene to the next. It seems that everything is in plain sight, but after you release the shutter, you realize you do not own a thing. The subjects continue to illuminate - it represents a fleeting second as well as eternity.
 
“So far, So right,” curated by Fang Yen-Hsiang, features a number of artists: Aleksandra Domanovic, Chen Szu-Han, David Maljkovic , Hsu Jia Jhen , Kosta Tonev, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Morgan Wong, Phuong Linh Nguyen, Phu Luc (The Appendix), UuDam Tran Nguyen, Wu Chi-Yu, and Zbynek Baladran. “So Far, So Right” is based on the concept of deforming and how it osmoses into the given framework of global governance. The project unfolds from the investigation and delineation of two post-communist narratives as well as their metamorphoses, interweaving relations, and tensions, proposing a possible method to re-entangle their histories and imagined futures, thus launching a new life story.
 
 
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