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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing writer

■ IT Park Gallery (伊通公園), 2F, 41, Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街41號2 樓), tel: (02) 2507-7243. Opens Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1pm to 9pm.

■ Until Dec. 30

Then and Now: Modern and Contemporary Photography in Taiwan (彼時此刻—台灣近現代寫真) is a display of photographs from the collection of the National Museum of History in Taipei that traces the culture of photography and its record of society in Taiwan. Photography was first brought to Taiwan by the Japanese in the 19th century. The show begins with official and journalistic photographs that were created during the Japanese colonial era, then extends into images of common folk and everyday life after the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) takeover. There is also a special section dedicated to photographic documentation of the museum’s architectural transformation and surrounding changes in the last century. Under Japanese rule, the museum was set up as the display hall for agriculture. The building once featured distinct Japanese characteristics, which were later renovated into Ming and Qing Dynasty palace styles by the KMT. The show throws back to times when photography was not as accessible and common as it is now, framing the art of image-making in a local context.

■ 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. Opens Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm.

■ Until Jan. 7

The Taipei Art Awards, organized by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, is a juried competition that begins with an open call process and results in one Taipei Art Award recipient, one Audience Choice Award recipient and 13 finalists who together present their works in a group exhibition. This year’s Taipei Art Award (台北藝術獎) exhibition is held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei. The award recipient Wang Yu-Song’s (王煜松) multi-media project Hualian White Lighthouse is inspired by a lighthouse in his hometown that he had read about, but never seen. According to the artist, he later learned that the lighthouse had been blasted apart and thrown into the sea to expand the Hualian harbor. Wang set off on a metaphorical journey to find the lighthouse, walking along its alleged location and carrying a steel piece of it into the sea. Also included in the exhibition is Wu Chi-Yu’s (吳其育) 15-minute, two-channel film Nose-dive, which takes the context of the 1996 Third Taiwan Strait Crisis as its departure point to explore its impact on Taiwan’s destiny.

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