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Illusion Reality
Shen Chao-Liang

Illusion Reality, Shen Chao-LiangIllusion Reality
Shen Chao-Liang
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Chinese/ English

Preface by HUANG Hai-Ming


80 pages
200 x 270 mm
ISBN 9789860338386


Published in 2012, on the occasion of Illusion Reality: The Photo Exhibition of Shen Chao-Liang, at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Since the 1970s, performance troupes have been enlivening many of Taiwan’s weddings, funerals and other special occasions. Photographs for the three series presented in this exhibition—Stage, Singer and Stage and Taiwanese Vaudeville Troupes —were taken between 2005 and 2011. The series are composed of stand-alone, large-scale photographs, grouped images, visual contrasts and video works, which focus on performers and their various skills, and include temporal, spatial, horizontal, vertical, flat and three-dimensional visual interpretations. In the course of creating these photographs, the artist’s dedication to field work and the rich cultural traces in his imagery suggest memories shared by everyone, and presents an impartial perspective of the local entertainment industry.


About the Artist
Shen Chao-Liang was born in Tainan, Taiwan, in 1968. He obtained his master degree from the Graduate School of the Applied Media Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts. He worked as a photojournalist and Vice Convenor for the Entertainment, Art and Literature News Center of the Liberty Times, and the Artist in Residence at National Central University, Taiwan. Shen has been dedicated to feature photography since 1993. From his early works of Reflections of Nan-Fang-Ao (2001) to the latter series of YULAN Magnolia Flower (2008), Tsukiji Fish Market (2010) and STAGE (2011), he has been recognized by his sophisticated style of image creation and commitment to documenting the evolution of Taiwan society.

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