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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing Reporter

■ Taipei Cultural Center (台北市藝文推廣處), 25, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路3段25號) tel: (02) 2577 5931. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 8:30am to 5:30pm

■ Until March 8

The Renewal (川游不息) is a site-specific art exhibition that features artworks inspired by the sound, sight, smell, touch and taste of Green River (綠川), one of Taichung’s main water canals that traverses through the city’s old district. The 6.1km canal, once a healthy water stream, began degrading in the 1980s with the city’s industrial development. Under the supervision of Taichung’s Water Resource Bureau, the canal has been undergoing renewal since 2014. In this exhibition, 12 artists work with varying sensory capacities to interpret the canal from different angles. Lim Giong (林強), ALLO WILL and BARKHER collectively present a soundtrack that poetically encapsulates the rhythm of city life that surrounds the canal with field recordings and electronic compositions. Plant artist Liao Hao-jhe’s (廖浩哲) organic installation is built with local plant species such as different types of fern, moss, and herbal ingredients typically found in the herbal tea sold in Taichung’s old city district. These elements are infused with the odors of moist earth, herbal flavors and other materials the artist collected along the canal.

■ Taichung Shiyakusho (臺中市役所藝術中心), 97, Mincyuan Rd, Taichung City (台中市民權路97號), tel: (04) 307-7357. Open Mondays to Fridays from 11:30am to 7pm, and weekends from 11am to 7pm.

■ Until March 11

Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, for ’S WANDERFUL | MAKING PICTURES, the first solo show of veteran American photographer Steve McCurry in a Chinese-speaking country. McCurry is celebrated internationally for his work in photojournalism and editorial photography. He is best known for his iconic Afghan Girl image, originally published in National Geographic in 1984 and later named the most recognized photograph in the history of the magazine. The image is a portrait of a young Pashtun orphan at a refugee camp near the border with Pakistan. McCurry and his team later reconnected with the young girl 17 years later. ‘“Her skin is weathered; there are wrinkles now, but she is as striking as she was all those years ago,” McCurry says. In this exhibition, Afghan Girl is presented as a collage installation in which different parts of the photograph are reconfigured in varying scale and coherence. The show also includes eleven other installations based on McCurry’s photographs, among which are a selection of images shot in Taiwan, including Taipei Grand Hotel Lobby, Readers at Huashan and a portrait of iconic Taiwanese photographer Ko Si-chi (柯錫杰). According to curator Leo Chang-jen Chen (陳昌仁), the exhibition seeks to reconsider McCurry’s work in the context of contemporary art.

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