Reflective States: 2023 National Art Exhibition R.O.C. Photography Category

2023.12.23 - 2024.03.31
National Center of Photography and Images, Taipei Galleries 301-303
Exhibiting Artist(s)
WANG Chi-Jung
TIEN Cheng
HE Yong-Shun
WU Ching-Wei
CHO Ling
LIN Shu-Fen
CHANG Chih-Ta
CHANG Yi-Sheng
CHUANG Shu-Fen
CHEN Shin-Chih
JIAO Da-We
HUANG Yuan-Yu
HUANG Mu-Yun
YEH Chun-Yu
LIU Szu-Ling
LIU Chiu-Chu
LIU Wan-Fang
CHENG Chun-Tang
TAI Yu-Ju
CHUNG I-Chen
SU Yi-Shih
Supervisor
Ministry of Culture
Organizer
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, National Center of Photography and Images
Exhibition Overview

Photography serves as a ref lection of the world, and the National Center of Photography and Images presents this year's "2023 National Art Exhibition R.O.C. Photography Category" under the theme "Reflective States," showcasing a diverse array of perspectives from this year's award-winning works while also revealing the participants' unique visual orchestrations that shape nuanced and divergent expressions of contemporary life.

Directed by the Ministry of Culture and hosted by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the "National Art Exhibition R.O.C." aims to promote artistic talent and encourage art creation. Through a process that includes submission, evaluation, award, and exhibition, it provides a platform for artists to grow and engage in dialogue. The exhibition annually draws domestic creators to compete for awards and display opportunities. Among its 11 categories, the photography category has always been one of the most actively contested and competitive. After a rigorous public judging process, the five jury members selected one gold, one silver, and one bronze award, along with 18 works receiving honorable mentions, totaling 21 pieces.

This year's entries showcase a rich diversity of themes and stylistic approaches. Techniques and materials range from traditional film photography and digital postprocessing to AI-generated images, all presenting different visual textures. Some artists capture landscapes, framing coastlines, farmlands, and industrial settings to ponder the relationship between humans and the environment. Others turn their lenses toward urban vistas, such as ruins, military dependents' villages, and construction sites, narrating the ever-changing interplay of time and space from different perspectives. Beyond landscape representation, some pull the gaze back to everyday life: vendors and street signs become subjects for micro-explorations of life's nooks and crannies. Bodily expression also emerges as a key theme, with participants employing diverse narrative approaches such as object direction, aesthetic composition, and aesthetics of trauma to interpret different facets of life.

"Reflective States: National Art Exhibition R.O.C. Photography Category" displays the award-winning works to highlight a multifaceted creative trend among publicly-funded art competition participants. These photographic works reflect the connection between individual reflections and the social environment. Through their unique visual perspectives, they manifest the rich tapestry of contemporary photographic creation.

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