Sun, Jul 21, 2013 - Page 12 News List

Learning the ropes

By Noah Buchan  /  Staff reporter

Wu Chien-wei 2 (2012-2013).

Photo Courtesy of Nicole Dufour

Rope. We’ve been using it for millennia to pull and to fasten, to hunt and to fish, to climb rocks and to repel down buildings. Its contemporary meanings move beyond the tensile and into the figurative, which is often cloaked in the language of psychology, with its connotations of tension and liberty, lightness and substantiality, assistance and death. French artist Nicole Dufour gives voice to these different emotions in Encorpsdages: Embodying Ambiguity, her new series of photographs, sculptures and videos that were born out of a two-month residency at Taipei’s Grass Mountain Village (草山國際藝術村).

The two photo series, Ghost in Grass Mountain and Play With My Rope, reveal multiple interactions between the body, mind and braided rope. Some photos express silence or rage, while others are more carefree, the rope’s constriction or release suggestive of the model’s — and by extension our own — emotional landscape. Another series, Fetishes, features black sculptures that serve as totems of good luck.

As the museum says in its exhibition blurb, the different series combine to interpret “the dynamics between balance and imbalance in life as well as the rhythm of life from adversity to complacence.”

■ MOCA Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA, Taipei), 39 Changan W Rd, Taipei City (台北市長安西路39號), tel: (02) 2552-3720. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Admission: Free. Regular ticket prices: NT$50

■ Until Aug. 18

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