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Thursday November 03, 6p.m. – 9p.m.
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Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles is pleased to announce its upcoming solo exhibition, “Several Ways to Believe,” presenting works by rising contemporary artist Yu Liu from Taiwan. The title prefaces her works with a focus on faith and belief, which aims to provoke a discussion on the potentiality of faith, as well as how it exists in various forms in our lives. The show will take place at Taiwan Academy LA from November 3rd, 2016 on through January 20th, 2017.
Born in 1985 and resided mainly in Taipei, Yu Liu is an artist who engages in many art-related productions and social activities. She grew up indulging in a great amount of movies/images, therefore all kinds of narratives, scripts, and fictional plots have become her approach towards this world. She has been pursuing an irrational, unusual, fantastic and accidental boundary-crossing experience through her works.
The boundaries and perception of faith are challenged in unique ways through her video art in this exhibit. “Predicting the Rest of Big Artists’ Lives” is a series of interviews with respected masters of fortune telling, during which each master unfolds the rest of the lives of a big name artist, such as Matthew Barney and Takashi Murakami.
“The Ship of Fools Mooring at the Train Station.” is a large dual-channel projection piece which pays homage to the German author Sebastian Brant’s work of the same title. Liu captures the intricacies and tales from within the homeless community at the Taipei Main Station. Her portrayal of the ‘friends of the street’ is genuine while being visually stunning. By giving them a voice to share their faith and worldview, Liu opens a window for the audience to reexamine our perception of the so-called “Ship of Fools".
The exhibit engages the blurred lines and gray areas regarding the concept of faith. It examines the consequences of established positions of power in religion, and how religion engages in assimilation and induces reliance.
The gallery at Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles is an unique venue for exquisite artwork from Taiwan, and hosts various events related to Taiwanese culture. Its mission is to enhance the mutual understanding and appreciation of cultures across diverse ethnic groups among the local communities.