A contemporary photography exhibition offering works by three Taiwan artists that delineate the makings of a modern city will take place in Berlin from Dec. 6 through 16.
Organized by curator Wang Chun-chi (王俊琪), "Crisis of Now: Contemporary Asian Photography I" will feature over a hundred photos taken by artists Yao Jui-chung (姚瑞中), Yang Che-yi (楊哲ㄧ), and Liu Yunyi (劉芸怡) to portray a place as both an "incident" and the "aggregation of materials" needed to tell that story.
Yao, 49, specializes in photography, installation art, and paintings. The themes of his works are varied, but they primarily all examine the absurdity of the human condition.
Yang, 33, works with photography, video, sound, and installation. He often examines the ties between Taiwan and China with regard to tensions that arise from economic booms, unbridled capitalism, and the accompanying threat to and destruction of unique landscapes.
Liu, 37, studies the overlapping relationships between space, time, memory, subconsciousness, and history. She often employs digital software to edit and re-assemble photographs of abandoned architecture to bring awareness to their decline.
Curator Wang explained that the theme of "place" was chosen to reflect how all sorts of incidents can give life and historic meaning to a place, and that more than one incident can take place in the same spot. As vehicle for the collective memories of a city, places should have an equal representation in history, alongside incidents and people, she added.
The three featured artists will also join the curator for talks at the opening reception on Dec. 7. The 7.30pm reception will also offer performances by Europe-based Taiwnese artists Ting Liping (丁麗萍) and Shen Sum-sum (沈森森).
"Crisis of Now: Contemporary Asian Photography I" is organized by Idolon Studio (Union of European Asian Artists), with support from the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs and host venue Malzfabrik Schoneberg in Berlin.
‘Crisis of Now: Contemporary Asian Photography I’