Taiwanese photographers Chen Shu-chen (陳淑貞), Shen Chao-liang (沈昭良), and Lo Sheng-wen (羅晟文) will join the 2017 Belfast Photo Festival, one of the leading international festivals of photography in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, this June.
Chen will bring the "After” project, a body of work focusing on the interior space of themed motels in Taiwan. "After” - which aims to explore these heterogeneous rooms in the socio-cultural context of Taiwan, to capture the state of motels after use without ridicule, and examine the complex relations between motel visitors and their space in modern society - will be exhibited at Cotton Court (Belfast, BT1 2ED) from June 2 through 22.
Shen is a Tainan-born photojournalist and feature photographer best known for documenting the social landscapes of Taiwan. He will be introducing the works of 20 up-and-coming artists from Taiwan in a seminar titled "Yet Another Gaze - A New Horizon for Contemporary Taiwanese Photography” at Bullitt Hotel (Belfast BT1 4QN) on June 4.
Shen is also representing Taiwan in the "Portfolio Reviews” segment of the Irish festival, in which participating artists will receive the chance for a one-on-one critique of their portfolio. As an international panelist, Shen will not only provide crucial feedback but help identify emerging talents and increase the potential for future Taiwan-UK cultural exchanges.
Rounding up the featured Taiwanese artists is Lo, whose "White Bear” collection was selected via open call. Lo traveled across Europe and China to photograph car tires, fake seals, painted icebergs, and other oddities found in the enclosures of captive polar bears. Humanity's strange balancing act to keep wild animals in artificial habitats will be shown in the "Poor Land” segment at St. Anne's Square (Belfast BT1 2LP) from June 3 to 30.
In partnership with Lightbox Photo Library's Taipei branch, several tomes of Taiwanese photo books will be shown at the Festival Photo Book Library at Writers Square (Belfast BT1 1ZZ) from June 3 to 30 as well. These photo books were specially selected for their cultural importance and ability to present a broad and comprehensive overview of contemporary Taiwanese photography.
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