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Family Album
2016
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CHEN Fei-hao
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
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Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
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Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
single channel video , led-monitor , document , Arcylic
Dimensions Variable
Family Album
2016
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The unexpected appearance of a personal family photo album spanning the years of Japanese colonial rule and the arrival of the Republic of China on the island of Taiwan must be an inexplicably special experience for an artist whose interest in Taiwanese history is long standing. As a descendent of a family line, Fei-Hao Chen sees a complete life history, documenting his grandmother from girlhood to her later years; but from his perspective as a Taiwanese historian, the photo album reveals how the transition and dissolution of power in a nation can determine the fate of an ordinary family. Caught between the personal and the national, between individual historical perspectives and historical perspectives dictated by each regime, Chen attempts to use his family history as a main blueprint through which he interprets the far-reaching implications on the Taiwanese people, of regime changes from the Japanese colonial era to the years of the Republic.

Family Album comprises two parts; the firstis entitled National Archive, and the second, Family Documents in Translation. Both focus discussion on issues of “private memory and public memory” and “discrepancies in individual memories under regime change.” Public buildings that appear in Family Album--the Taiwan Governor Museum (now National Taiwan Museum),the Taiwan Education Association Building (which became the Taiwan Provincial Consultative Council after World War II, then the AIT American Cultural Center; now National 228 museum), and the Taiwan Gokoku Shrine (now National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine) provide a basis from which contemplation extends forth. “Fragmentation,” the main conceptual axis that connects the works in this project plan, is apparent in the executive archives of the government institutions, language, culture, national identity, and cityscape. This fragmentation may have created the contemporary condition of difficulty in solidifying a Taiwanese national identity, but relatively speaking, could the name “Taiwan” signify a medium for open perspectives based on its multiplicity of imagination and cross-border historical contexts? This is a main point of focus for this project.

ARTISTS
15 artworks / 45 exhibition
Photographic Art , Installation Art , Video Art
Chen Fei-hao, born in 1985, is clever at writing and resorting to conceptual photography and moving images to interpret various issues associated with history and culture as well as social changes, and he also combines images with such media as in ...
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