In this five-part video tour of Wayfaring: Photography in 1970s-80s Taiwan, join Dr Shuxia Chen and Dr Olivier Krischer take us through the diverse styles—from experimental art to photojournalism—and themes of pioneering Taiwanese photographers in the 1970s-80s, which was a transitional period of major political and social transformation leading to the lifting of martial law (1949-87).
As Taiwanese society was coming to terms with a new political reality, many artists and intellectuals addressed issues of locality, history and cultural identity. Despite the pressure on civil society, Taiwan’s visual culture flourished, with photography playing a key role as a medium that intersected many creative practices and platforms.
Drawn from the collection of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, with some additional works loaned directly from the artists, Wayfaring features 35 still images by 12 artists, including Chang Chao-Tang 張照堂, Chien Yun-Ping 簡永彬, Chuang Ling 莊靈, Ho Ching-Tai 何經泰, Hou Tsung-Hui 侯聰慧, Hsieh Chun-Te 謝春德, Hsieh San-Tai 謝三泰, Juan I-Jong 阮義忠, Kao Chung-Li 高重黎, Lien Hui-Ling 連慧玲, Wang Hsin 王信, Yeh Ching-Fang 葉清芳.
Part 1 — Exhibition Overview
Part 2 — Experimentation, Reportage, Nativism: Chang Chao-Tang, Wang Hsin, Chuang Ling, Juan I-Jong
Part 3 — Portraiture, Gender, Society: Hsieh Chun-Te, Chien Yun-Ping, Yeh Ching-Fang
Part 4 — Psychology, Healing, Protest: Lien Hui-Ling, Hou Tsung-Hui, Hsieh San-tai
Part 5 — Bodies, Identities: Ho Ching-tai, Kao Chung-Li
The Wayfaring exhibition pamphlet is a valuable resource to accompany this exhibition video tour.