Located at Palazzo delle Prigioni, a former prison inside the Palazzo Ducale, ‘Wu Tien-chang: Never Say Goodbye’ will explore the atmosphere and particular sentiments of westernization in the post-war era of Taiwan, whilst also responding to shifts in the historical regime over the past century.
The new video installation Farewell, Spring and Autumn Pavilions will feature a haunting character wrapped in sensual and seduc- tive latex skin which are both striking in colour and dark in their ghost-like fictitious nature. The resulting work will depict haunting scenes, imbedded in Wu’s interests in photographic theories, Taiwan’s complex history and culture and the history of the site itself. Apart from the video piece, a series of dramatic staged photo- graphs will suggest memories and nostalgia embedded within everyone – reflecting the lingering presences in the prison who are reluctant to leave as they are torn between love and hate for the mortal realm.
Ms. Fang Mei-ching, Chief Curator of Taipei Fine Arts Museum said, “At the show, Wu uses the flamboyant and kitsch appearances of the ghostly figures on his photography works and video installation as disguises of charm to confide in the past pains that cannot be shouldered by the individual or the entire nation. On one hand, the intricate history of post-war Taiwan is revealed, and on the other hand the romantic aspiration for the future is projected. These seemingly parallel and opposing lines have struck a balance on a perfect cross- ing point at the presentation, by establishing a memorable dialogue within the exhibition space and venue.”
- Wu Tien-Chang, Our Hearts Beat as One, Laser print, 240 x 343.2 cm, Taipei, 2001-2015. Courtesy of the artist
- Wu Tien-Chang, Blind Men Groping Down the Lane, Laser print, 240 x 478 cm, Taipei, 2008-2015; Courtesy of the artist