熱流：臺非現當代攝影 Hot Flux: Modern and Contemporary Photography in Taiwan and Africa
名稱 熱流：臺非現當代攝影 Hot Flux: Modern and Contemporary Photography in Taiwan and Africa
時間 2023/11/28 00:00 ~ 2024/04/28 00:00
Hot Flux: Modern and Contemporary Photography in Taiwan and Africa
Photography was invented in the second half of the 19th century and spread from European as its technology developed. It quickly reached most parts of the world, alongside the processes of globalization and industrialization, and began to thrive.
Photography studios emerged around the world, blossoming like hundreds of flowers. Although the photographers and other disseminators of photographic techniques were mostly Europeans, very soon, local photographers and their studios appeared in most parts of the world. The global demand for photography gradually increased, and while local photographic artists developed their own style of photography, their styles and techniques often overlapped in various ways. In recent years, the academic and artistic communities in Taiwan and Africa have been conducting deeper research into the history of photography.
When we stand in Tainan and gaze upon the world, contemporary photographic art in Asia and the West is familiar to us. By contrast, African photography appears unfamiliar and distant. However, by comparing these African countries to Taiwan, we can explore the global historical development and the mutual influences of art research. Both regions can be seen to have been influenced by the West due to their colonial and postcolonial history, as well as in the emergence of urbanization and globalization. However, since the last century, both regions have developed unique cultural and artistic identities. Photography, as a means of both documentation and creation, is worth our attention: the axial relationship between the West and its former colonies is an inevitable topic in constructing historical narratives for each region. However, stepping outside of this central framework, we also hope to explore some commonalities and challenges among countries in the global south, as well as the relationships that may emerge between them.
The acceptance and study of photography as a creative medium in art history have not been longstanding. The inclusion of non-Western photographic history and photographers in contemporary art research is an ongoing process, one that only began in recent years. African photography entered European museums and significant private collections in the 1990s, becoming a subject of study and exhibition. In Taiwan, photography has garnered increased attention and research within the local artistic community since the 2000s, gradually influencing more photographers in exploration and discovery. The trend of globalization not only breaks the limitations of centralized artistic community, but also provides another subject for dialogue with the history of Taiwanese photography. The Hot Flux initiates a cross-continental dialogue by traversing over a dozen countries across two continents, tracing a dynamic conversation spanning nearly seven decades and featuring works by multiple acclaimed photographers.
This exhibition is divided into three sections. The first, A Modern Photo Studio, primarily showcases contemporary photographic works, including staged portraits from early portrait studios and candid shots depicting social and everyday scenes taken as photographers hit the streets. The second section, Across Oceans, takes a more theoretical approach, using the works of three contemporary artists to depict the intricacies and complications involved in intercontinental population migration and exchange. The third part, South by South, facilitates a dialogue between contemporary artists from Taiwan and Africa, demonstrating how their works resonate with each other, and highlighting the significant issues they confront in their creative processes, focusing on themes such as race, identity, heritage, the environment, and more.
Supervisor: Tainan City Government
Organizer: Tainan Art Museum
Consultant: Delphine Buysse
特別感謝 Special Thanks：誠品畫廊Eslite Gallery, Galerie MAGNIN-A, OH畫廊OH Gallery, SKPEAC & the Jean Pigozzi African Art Collection, Virginia & Wellington Yee, Florent Mazzoleni, Loïc Quentin, Fati N'Zi-Hassane, Luc Da Silva, 高森信男Takamori Nobuo, 立木畫廊 Lehmann Maupin Gallery
J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere
Omar Victor Diop
Roger Da Silva
致穎 Musquiqui Chihying
劉博智Lau Pok Chi
Curator：Lou Mo, Lin Jui-yang
Coordinator: Huang Jing-jung, Chang Yu