Figure, Flash, Camera
a Musquiqui Chihying exhibition

Dates / Jan. 13 - Feb. 11, 2017 
Venue / Taipei Artist Village
No. 7 Beiping E. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan

The Figure shows a series of photos from author’s daily iPhone camera collection, in which different figures cover their faces by arms or items. More or less, these cover gestures reveal the pressure that the camera projects on figures.

Uses 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics as backdrop, the work The Camera (36) makes the camera turn, envisions how German director Leni Riefenstahl made her famous shot of the moment when Korean athlete Sohn Kee-chung hid Japanese national flag during the performance of the Japanese anthem. The film was made in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, the original venue of the incident.The video clip released by a South Korean entertainment company in 2016 is the research material of the work The Camera (16). In the video, Taiwanese- South Korean Singer Chou Tzu-yu apologised for holding the Taiwanese national flag on TV show. After the entertainment company JYP refuses to co-operate with the project, The author works with a young performer, who is the same age as Tzu-yu, found from a famous South Korean star scouting website. Using methods such as the performer’s imagined re-enactment of the event and the recreation of the JYP office window, the process of the anonymous cameraperson shooting the young girl’s apology is reproduced as fictional documentary.

The Flash is a set of installation, which gives tribute to historian Benedict Anderson. Through the special fluorescence paint, the camera’s flash light can be temporarily stored on the gallery wall.

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