Emerging Taiwanese Cultural Landscape

2021.07.29 - 12.05
Taipei National Center of Photography and Images
Albert J. L. Huang
Exhibiting Artist(s)
Long Chin-San
Deng Nan-Guang
Wu Jin-Miao/ Jinmiao Photo Studio
Chang Tsai
Tang Sz-Pan
Lin Chuan-Tsu
Lee Ming-Tiao
Yu Ru-Ji
Shiau Chang-Sheng
Lin Ching-Yun
Ho Huei-Guang
Liu An-Ming
Jou Shin-Chiuan
Huang Tse-Hsiu
Hwang Pai-Chi
Hsieh Chen-Lung
Cheng Shang-Hsi
Wang Hsin
Chuang Ming-Ching
Wong Ting-Hua
Chang Chao-Tang
Liang Cheng-Chu
Hsieh Chun-Te
Lin Bo-Liang
Tsai Jung-Li
Hsieh San-Tai
Hsu Po-Hsin
Huang Tz-Ming
Chang Yung-Chieh
Liu Chen-Hsiang
Shen Chao-Liang
Chen Po-I
Yang Chi-Hsin
Chi Po-Lin
Huang Ding-Sheng
Wang Yu-Pang
Juan I-Jong
Chiu De-Yun
Yeh Ching-Fang
Hou Tsung-Hui
Chuang Ling
Liang Chao-An
Chung Yung-Ho
Chou Chuan-Tz
Lin Shou-Yi
Walis Labai
Wu Chung-Wei
Kuan Hsiao-Jung
Liao Pen-Yi
Tsai Ming-Te
Chen Chih-Hsiung
Liu I-Chuan
Tsai Wen-Hsiang
Ho Ching-Tai
Ko Shi-Chi
Quo Ying-Sheng
Chou Ching-Hui
Chen Chin-Pao
Chang Tsang-Sang
Attow T. T. Chen
Yeh Tsai
Pan Hsiao-Hsia
Chung Rung-Kuang
Ouyang Wen
Hsu Yuan-Fu
Chien Yun-Ping
Lee Ti-Chin
Ministry of Culture
National Taiwan Museum of Arts, National Center of Photography and Images
Exhibition Overview

“Taiwanese culture” is currently an ambiguous concept yet to be clearly defined
Can the “mirror image of Taiwan” help define “Taiwanese culture”?

Emerging Taiwanese Cultural Landscape attempts to decipher the “Taiwanese cultural landscape” as seen in the eyes of local Taiwanese photographers of different generations from the collections of the National Center of Photography and Images and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. I also hope to pile up these image slices of Taiwan from different times and locations as considerable references to Taiwan’s cultural fabric, which help us to contemplate on the “Taiwanese culture” that has always existed but remains abstract and ambiguous. That is, this exhibition is in fact proposing a reflection on the true meaning of the land and its people: what is “our land of Taiwan”? Who are “our people of Taiwan”?

Preliminary Study on the “Images of Taiwan” as a Foundation of the “History of Photography in Taiwan”

In order to comb through and present such a “public Taiwan” (the motherland that nurtures us), the curator would like to apologize to the photographers featured in this exhibition. In this exhibition, the creative contexts of these photographers are taking the backseat, as the priority is to highlight the common elements of Taiwan to form a comprehensive thinking. Through combinations of image editing, a so-called “shared creative context of Taiwanese photography” that is more extensive and detailed has been horizontally woven. Due to the long absence of studies related to the history of photography in Taiwan, it is necessary for us to carry out a comprehensive compilation and organization of Taiwanese photography, so as to pave the way for the history of photography in Taiwan that awaits to be written.

Thoughts on Taiwan’s Cultural Context 

Another curatorial purpose of this exhibition is to outline the basic structure of the development of Taiwanese culture: the cultural pulses of Taiwanese culture is presented in the process of resistance, conflict, interaction, exchange, and compromise of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples as they faced the visitors and immigrants from elsewhere. Local ethnic groups that were originally here in Taiwan and the colonial hegemonies from elsewhere must learn to achieve “co-existence,” and this co-existence in different periods has given rise to the “local native cultures” of different generations. 

The roots of Austronesian indigenous peoples, the stimulation of Dutch and Spanish cultures, the profound continuation of the Chinese culture, and the marks left behind by the Japanese culture’s embracing of modernization, as well as the transplant of contemporary Western culture, and the addition of the cultures of new immigrants — the fusion and presence of all these diverse viewpoints have formed into an important force that continues to drive Taiwan’s culture forward today.  

An Attempt to Shape the “Taiwanese Tone” and “Taiwanese Flavor” with Images 

Echoing NCPI’s inaugural exhibition, Hold the Mirror up to His Gaze: The Early History of Photography in Taiwan (1869-1949), which focused on the theoretical studies of Taiwan’s photography history, Emerging Taiwanese Cultural Landscape delves into the core of the issue of Taiwan’s subjectivity by combing through visual images. However, due to the modest exhibition space at the Center, the exhibition presents corresponding and parallel displays of “original prints” and “digital presentations,” which is also a challenge and experiment on the format of photographic exhibitions.

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