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Eye of the Times – Centennial Images of Taiwan

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Eye of the Times – Centennial Images of Taiwan

Time: May 7, 2011 to June 26, 2011
Location: Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Street: 181, ZhongShan N. Road, Sec. 3
City/Town: Taipei, Taiwan
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Phone: 02-2595-7656
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Latest Activity: May 7, 2011

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Event Description

As part of a series of events planned by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum has organized the exhibition “Eye of the Times – Centennial Images of Taiwan”, and has invited photographer Chuang Ling and Mr Chang Tsang-sang to co-curate the show and select the works. This exhibition features works ranging from precious documentary images taken by Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) who came to Taiwan in April 1871, to contemporary digital works from 2010. 117 photographers and 271 images of Taiwan will be shown.

The exhibition starts with images of people and landscapes taken by Scottish photographer John Thomson in Kaohsiung, Tainan, Muzha and Liouguei, after sailing from Xiamen to Taiwan in April 1871 to explore and take photographs. This is followed by images from the Qing period (1871-1894), the Japanese occupation period (1895-1948) and the Nationalist era (1949-2011). They show the different nationalities who have lived on this island over the past 140 years, including the aborigines, the Han nationality, the Hakka people, missionaries and recent immigrants. Through subjects ranging from eminent families such as the Lin Family of Wufeng, to ordinary people and disadvantaged groups, they reflect times of great changes or historical transitions, the vitality of local beliefs and the compassion and rebirth during natural and man-made disasters. Through the lens, the photographers document the lives of early Taiwanese and trace social and cultural development, demonstrating their sense of responsibility to the times, their respect for life, their concern for the environment and their desire for progress and a more humanitarian society.

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