Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Preface by HUANG Hai-Ming
27 x 20 cm
Text in Chinese and English
Published in 2012, on the occasion of Illusion, Reality: The Photo Exhibition of Shen Chao-Liang, at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
Since the 1970s, performance troupes have been enlivening many of Taiwan’s weddings, funerals and other special occasions. Photographs for the three series presented in this exhibition—Stage, Singer and Stage and Taiwanese Vaudeville Troupes —were taken between 2005 and 2011. The series are composed of stand-alone, large-scale photographs, grouped images, visual contrasts and video works, which focus on performers and their various skills, and include temporal, spatial, horizontal, vertical, flat and three-dimensional visual interpretations. In the course of creating these photographs, the artist’s dedication to field work and the rich cultural traces in his imagery suggest memories shared by everyone, and presents an impartial perspective of the local entertainment industry.