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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing reporter

■ Powen Gallery (紅野畫廊), 11, Ln 164, Songjiang Rd, Taipei (臺北市松江路164巷11號), tel: (02) 2523-6009. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 7pm

■ Until Aug. 12

Sappho Loh (駱麗真) is a Taiwanese artist and educator who teaches at Shi Hsin University and National Taiwan University. She was the curator for last year’s Digital Art Festival and now heads the newly reopened Digital Art Center in Taipei. Loh’s artistic practice is mainly based in video art, installation and new media art. Her current solo exhibition, I never tell the truth, I don’t like this place at all, at VT Art Salon takes its name from the award-winning indie film Long Time No Sea, which tells a heartfelt story about youth, courage and identity on Orchid Island (Lanyu, 蘭嶼). Loh’s emotional connection to a line in the film largely determined the direction of her exhibition. It reflects “a status that is always in my mind,” writes the artist. “It contains the process of time and the buildup of anger.” The artist refers to a state of limited agency in which complex layers of pressure develop to add further pressure on the individual. The show features new works that will be unveiled at tomorrow’s opening. Here Loh offers an inviting clue, “When you enter, you can start a conversation with an unknown person, which is also my way of leaving this place.”

■ VT Art Salon (非常廟藝文空間), B1, 17, Ln 56, Sec 3, Xinsheng N Rd, Taipei City (台北市新生北路三段56巷17號B1), tel: (02) 2597-2525. Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 11:30am to 7pm, and Saturdays from 1:30pm to 9pm

■ Until Aug. 4

The General Association of Chinese Culture is currently hosting Local Hero, a group show of Taiwanese comic artists who share an interest in history. Many of the authors combine elements of culture, science fiction and faith in their development of fictional heroes that are grounded in the locality of Taiwan. “The works we have chosen are specifically Taiwanese and feature iconic heroic figures,” says the association in a statement. Chiu Row-long (邱若龍) is known for his realist drawing style and his long-term devotion to Taiwanese Aboriginal history. In 1990, Chiu created Taiwan’s first Aboriginal history comic, Musha Incident. His works later inspired the celebrated film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale by Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖). Au Tui is a legendary science fiction comic artist whose detailed, fine drawings often pushing aesthetic boundaries. Since the 80’s, Au Tui has been a pioneer of the Taiwanese cartoon scene, creating award-winning books that have become collectable classics.

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