Yao Jui-Chung + Lost Society Document + Sandy Hsiu-Chih Lo
When: Friday 7 July - Sunday 17 September
Where: Paul Ramsay Galleries, MAMA.
Taiwan was released from the grip of martial law in 1987, after which an optimistic spree of construction ensued. However, many of these buildings now sit unfinished, uninhabited, and unused. The aftermath of these urban renewal projects is documented in a stark photographic exhibition led by artist Yao Jui-Chung, film maker Sandy Hsiu-chih Lo and a group of collaborators known as Lost Society Document.
The resulting collection of photographs and videos form an evolving body of work, as the project moved next to Australia, as part of the Biennale of Sydney, after which the project was gifted to MAMA.
Mirage will now continue in Albury, where local photographers will have the opportunity to work with the lead artists to establish a similar project locally. The project will continue to explore the theme of abandoned public infrastructure, creating an ongoing stream of new multimedia work to add to the Mirage collection.
While in Taiwan this project was dubbed 'The Mosquito Project', named for watery breeding grounds many of these empty buildings became, in Albury, the project is yet to take shape. We are prompted to think about our own identity as a nation, and as a community, and what our built environment represents of our collective aspiration.
The artists will be in Albury the week Mirage opens, and will lead a number of public programs related to this exhibition. Keep an eye on this page for more information.
Yao Jui-Chung Lecture at ACMI X in Melbourne
Monday 3 July, 6.00pm
Yao Jui-Chung speaks at ACMI in Melbourne regarding Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan and the extension of the project to Albury.
La Trobe Uni Lecture: Yao Jui-Chung
Wednesday 5 July, 5.15pm drinks, 6.00pm lecture
Yao Jui-Chung speaks at La Trobe University about Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan, and how the project will evolve in the Albury region.
Photography Walking Tours with Yao Jui-Chung
Thursday 6 July, 5.00pm - 7.30pm, Saturday 8 July, 10am - 12.30pm
As part of the Mirage exhibition, artist Yao Jui-Chung will lead two walking tours of Albury for photographers interested in participating in the project.
Exhibition Opening: Yao Jui-Chung + Lost Society Document + Sandy Hsiu-Chih Lo
Friday 7 July, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Official opening of Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan, along with Nick Dorey: The Drowning of Hermaphroditus