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Art exhibition listings

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

Polit-Sheer-Form Office, Library (2008).

Photo courtesy of MOCA Taipei

German feminist artist Catrine Val has devoted her career to bringing female voices to the forefront, whether through painting, photography, installation or any other artistic medium. Many of her subjects are androgynous-looking and even if they are girly, they still have the appearance of standing their own ground. Her latest exhibition, Entropy: I Am Other (熵:我即她者), held at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei, explores life in the “post-Internet” era from a feminist perspective. Technology has undeniably changed our daily habits and routines, but other things have remained the same. From a philosophical standpoint, we’re still trying to define concepts such as happiness or reality, and we’re still on an unrelenting quest to accumulate more and more “knowledge.” All the so-called great philosophers throughout history have been men, so naturally, Val dedicates her exhibition to lesser-known female philosophers.

■ Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (關渡美術館), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市學園路1號), tel: (02) 2896-1000 X 2432. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm

■ Until July 12

America is a melting pot, but one that is continuously marred by racial politics and the like. Celebrating diversity is great and merry, but it’s important to remember the struggles of past generations. Herstory (她 — 在歷史的背後) is an exhibition at the National Museum of History in Taipei about the lives of Chinese-American women and their contributions to American society. Told mostly through legal papers and other historical documents, the exhibition uncovers a largely unknown slice of Chinese-American history, one that is often overshadowed by men. In 1876 — a few years before the implementation of the Chinese Exclusion Act — a ship carrying 22 women from Hong Kong was denied entry at San Francisco as the immigration officer believed they were prostitutes. The women sued him and after some lengthy proceedings, won their case. In addition to legal papers, the exhibition also features a smattering of literature, film and photographs. Some of the works of Shanghai-born novelist Eileen Chang (張愛玲), who wrote prolifically about the entanglements of romantic love (and who was always very well dressed), are also on display.

■ National Museum of History (國立歷史博物館), 49 Nanhai Rd, Taipei City (台北市南海路49號), tel: (02) 2361-0270. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm

■ Until Aug. 2

Polit-Sheer-Form Office (政治純形式辦公室) is an art collective founded in 2005 by four Chinese artists, Hong Hao (洪浩), Xiao Yu (蕭昱), Song Dong (宋冬) and Liu Jian-hua (劉建華), plus a curator, Leng Lin (冷林). With all members of the group born in the mid-1960s, their artistic style is influenced by their experiences growing up as children in communes under the Cultural Revolution. Although some of their work may appear to resemble propaganda posters, democracy-loving artsy liberals can calm down because there is nothing political nor nostalgic about it. Rather, Polit-Sheer-Form Office aims to bring the collective element back to the profession. For instance, their piece Mr Zheng (政先生), is a compilation of the five members’ facial features merged and overlapped into a single portrait. Also evident in Polit-Sheer-Form Office’s artwork is a critique of China’s mass consumer society — sterile-looking boxes, bookshelves and buildings hint at how life today is simply packaged, processed and devoid of meaning. Their work is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei in an aptly-named exhibition Individualized Together, Polit-Sheer-Form (政純辦).

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