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Priest
2013
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WANG Shao-Gang
Priest
2013
Video Installation
07”47”
Priest
2013
Video Installation
07”47”
Priest
2013
Video Installation
07”47”
Priest
2013
Video Installation
07”47”
Priest
2013
Video Installation
07”47”
Priest
2013
Video Installation
07”47”
Priest
2013
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This is a three-channel video installation, the center piece is a documentary of the Pingtung Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the Catholic Dominican Monastery (a place for retreat where one discards all worldly enjoyments and dedicates oneself entirely to the Lord, relying solely on manual labor to sustain life, ever in eternal prayer and never to return to the secular world until one’s physical death.) The left and right projections show an actor portraying the double roles of a middle-aged priest as preserved in his memory, the left shows the priest’s secular self and the right portrays his self image as a priest. He suffers from Alzheimer's disease and has slowly forgotten his memory of the past,remembering mainly his present life as a Church Father. His fractured memory denotes the diminishment of the body and the gradual completion of his altered identity, extending various symbolic meanings through his transformation, but nevertheless vacillating between truth and fiction. This work discusses the transitional process from the secular to divine devotion among the Catholic clergy, beginning with a priest that suffers from amnesia.

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3 artworks / 24 exhibition
New Media Art , Video Art
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