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The Phantom of History
2007
BY
Yao Jui-Chung
The Phantom of History
2007
Single-channel video
2’28”
The Phantom of History
2007
Single-channel video
2’28”
The Phantom of History
2007
Single-channel video
2’28”
The Phantom of History
2007
Single-channel video
2’28”
The Phantom of History
2007
Single-channel video
2’28”
The Phantom of History
2007
Single-channel video
2’28”
The Phantom of History
2007
Single-channel video
2’28”
The Phantom of History
2007
Single-channel video
2’28”
The Phantom of History
2007
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After Chiang Kai-shek’s decease in 1975, the whole Taiwan threw itself into a frenetic rush of idolatry. All types of statues sprang up everywhere to an astounding number of 50,000 and more. Since the abolition of martial law in 1987, many of Chiang’s statues were removed, some of which were relocated to the Cihu Memorial Park and becomes a popular destination for Mainland Chinese tourists. In the video I was made up to look like a splitting image of Chiang, goose-stepping all alone in the park; birdsongs, blossoms and echoes of kicking boots were my only companions …. The future is nothing but uncertainty. History might be haunted autocrats, schemers, cynics, and hypocrites …; the real demons are not from the external world but in the mind of every one of us. They are the ‘Phantom of History’ we have to confront and overcome.

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10 artworks / 105 exhibition
Curators / Art Critics , Painting , Performance Art , Video Art , Sculpture
Yao Jui-Chung was born in 1969 in Taipei. He graduated from The National Institute of The Arts (Taipei National University of the Arts) with a degree in Art Theory. In 1997, he represented Taiwan in “Facing Faces-Taiwan” at the Venice Biennale and ...
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Yao Jui-Chung, 2007, Performance Art , Video Art
Yao Jui-Chung, 1996, Photographic Art , Performance Art
Yao Jui-Chung, 1994, Photographic Art , Performance Art
Yao Jui-Chung, 1997-2000, Photographic Art , Performance Art
Yao Jui-Chung, 2005, Performance Art , Video Art
Yao Jui-Chung, 2007, Performance Art , Video Art
Yao Jui-Chung, 2013, Performance Art , Video Art
Yao Jui-Chung, 2002-2004, Photographic Art , Performance Art