In her Taipei Artist Village residency, Lee questions how images can serve as an entry point into local culture.
On 16 June 2012, New Zealand contemporary artist Kerry Ann Lee held her temporary art installation The Parallel City Picture Show in Taipei’s Ruin Academy. The work centred on her time in Taiwan and the process of coming to understand the city of Taipei via images.
Lee’s residency project, which ran from April to July 2012, was supported by the Taipei Artist Village and the Asia New Zealand Foundation. For The Parallel City Picture Show, Lee aimed to create a narrative of her time in the city through found images. The artist drew upon a variety of sources, including “scenes of public spaces in Taiwan, weird buildings, greenery, Chinese tourists, protests, karaoke screen captures, stolen photos from television screens around the city, old title sequence captures from old films’, old souvenir images, bad signage, fancy dress, photos of other people taking photos.” She then curated, edited and manipulated the images before transferring them onto slides.
Lee specially selected Taipei’s Ruin Academy as the location for her installation, a five-story art-architecture crossover space built around the notion of a “Third Generation City” in which architecture is opened up to incorporate nature and the elements. Six-inch holes are drilled in the ceilings and floors to allow for the open circulation of light and rain.
About Kerry Ann Lee
Kerry Ann Lee is a visual artist, designer and educator from Wellington, New Zealand. She was an artist-in-residence at the island6 Art Center, Shanghai in 2009 and the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2010. Lee is also extensively involved in underground culture and fanzine publishing, including a second project in Taiwan for which she made a 64-page zine that she filled with conversations with Taipei residents of aboriginal descent.
Her work Shanghai Shorts, which debuted at a solo show in Wellington in 2011, is currently featured in the exhibition “Raised Voices” at the Calder & Lawson Gallery at the University of Waikato. The work will also be featured in “Global Positioning System (So You Say You Want A Revolution)” at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 28 July to 18 August 2012.
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- New artist village opens in former Taipei squatters’ community – November 2010 – a profile of TAVs unique sister site, the Treasure Hill Artist Village
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- Controversial “Kamoan” artist Andy Leleisi’uao to complete inaugural Taiwanese arts residency – April 2010 – first recipient of Lee’s residency was also a New Zealander, but with a radically different focus
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