"Faith permeates all layers of life, and thus is inseparable and not exclusive to narrow interpretation of traditional religions.”
An audiovisual exhibition examining the different forms of faith that exist in human society will run from Nov. 3 through Jan. 20, 2017 at the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles.
The solo exhibition titled "Several Ways to Believe” comprises two sets of works by Taiwan artist Yu Liu (劉玗), who is currently serving residency at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.
The first set, "Predicting the Rest of Big Artists' Lives,” is a series of interviews with revered Taiwanese fortune tellers. Some of the predictions made were how American sculptor Matthew Barney and contemporary Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami will live out the rest of their lives.
The second collection, "The Ship of Fools Moored at the Train Station,” is a large dual-channel projection that pays homage to the 1494 allegorical verse by German satirist Sebastian Brant. Here, however, Liu treats her subjects with respect and audience members get to hear first-handedly how life is like for the homeless community at Taipei Main Station.
Liu challenges the common preconceptions regarding faith, demonstrating how religions can assimilate and induce reliance, whereas everyday beliefs are what connect individuals on an interpersonal level.
‘Several Ways to Believe'