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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing reporter

■ Mind Set Art Center (安卓藝術), 7F, 180, Heping E Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市和平東路一段180號7樓), tel: (02) 2365-6008. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 6pm

■ Until May 26

Taiwanese artist Liang Tian-yu’s (梁廷毓) solo exhibition, Mountain Scene, Sha Ren and Beheaded Stream, is an investigative art project that takes on the history of conflict between the Atayal and the Hakka people living in a mountainous region in Taoyuan. The project focuses on an alleged incident during the Qing Dynasty that involved a murderous beheading, and the mediation of local deities. Liang revisits the alleged site of the murder and seeks to understand the incident using local temple records, local myths and the memories of elderly residents. The project is presented as a series of video installations that reinterpret the story from different perspectives. On the first floor of the show, the sound of a rooster crows in an open field, alluding to a local myth that the Earth God once descended unto earth in the form of a rooster to scare away the Atayal people. The second floor retraces locations around the incident that were later named after the murder. The final floor presents the artist’s imagination of hell.

■ Waley Art (水谷藝術), 6, Ln 322, Wanda Rd, Taipei City (台北市萬大路322巷6號), tel: (02) 2301-1821. Open daily from 10am to 8pm

■ Until April 22

Currently on view at National Chengchi University is an intimate solo exhibition Em.body by master theater photographer Hsu Ping (許斌). The show features a selection of works from his extensive archive. Hsu has spent the last two decades documenting modern theater performances in Taiwan. He began his career as a photojournalist, capturing the rise of social movements after the lifting of martial law in 1987. During that time, Hsu also photographed small theater productions that eventually led him to regular assignments for Performance Art Review Magazine. Hsu enjoys documenting actors in rehearsal and captures their daily lives with honesty and integrity. Rehearsal is a time when a production works through practice and modification, a state that is invisible to the audience of the final production. Over the years, Hsu has followed the career of thespians that especially draw his interest, such as Taiwanese theater director Wang Mo-lin (王墨林), whom he has photographed for over 14 years. Through the eyes of Hsu, the show offers an artistic account of modern theater history in Taiwan.

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