Published in association with the exhibition CRISIS OF NOW - CONTEMPORARY ASIAN PHOTOGRAPHY PART 1 , December 6 - 16, 2018. MALZFABRIK SCHÖNEBERG, curated by Chun-chi WANG.

This publication includes a series of texts: an essay written by LU Peiyi, “The Power of Action: YAO Jui-Chung and the Sample Survey of Idle Public Facilities in Taiwan”, an essay written by KUO Li-Hsin “Photographic Metaphors of a Contemporary ‘Renaissance Man’– Humanistic Concern in ‘Shan-Shui’ by YANG Che-Yi”, and an essay written by Bo-Yi SHEN, “Call of the Ruins: The Photographic Collages”.

Exhibition and Publication are realized by the IDOLONSTUDIO (Union of European Asian Artists), supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan), Kulturabteilung der Taipeh Vertretung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Publication Editor : Chun-chi WANG
Publication Graphic Design : Lukas Küng ( Burrow, Berlin )
Print run : 200
Exhibition Setup : Fabian Leukert ( Berlin )
Venue Support : Malzfabrik Schöneberg

the artists, authors and photographers


Crisis of Now
Publication Graphic Design : Lukas Küng ( Burrow, Berlin )

Chun-Chi WANG is a Berlin–based curator engaged in collaborative art production and research. She is trained as artist at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. In 2012, she was Assistant Curator for Taipei Biennial, Modern Monsters / Death and Life of Fiction. Her projects was presented in Berlin, Paris, New York, Taipei, Seoul and South America in various collaborations from 2010 to 2018. A collective and intergenerational investigation of feminism in the context of contemporary art practice that included a symposium, exhibition; and lecture. She is the founder of IDOLONSTUDIO(Union of European Asian Artists), is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization that provides innovative artists working in the media, literary, and performing arts with exhibition and performance opportunities to create and present new work. (

YAO Jui-Chung (b.1969) is a leading contemporary artist who has also worked as a curator, critic, activist, and academic in Taiwan. The themes of his works are varied, but most importantly they examine the absurdity of the human condition. In recent years, he has created photo installations, one of his ongoing projects is Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan, in which he has assembled photos of ruins and failed public construction projects to reveal the political and economic situation in Taiwan hidden behind the trends of globalization. Yao has represented Taiwan at the Venice Biennale and has also participated in the International Triennial of Contemporary Art Yokohama, APT6, Taipei Biennial, Shanghai Biennial. (

YANG Che-Yi (b.1981) Contemporary photographic artist, now dwells in Yi Lan, has been a badminton player since childhood. He was studying in environmental science after he grown up. In 2006, he withdrew his study because of a serious illness after his trip back from India. He begins to reconsider the meaning of life, then turn to the decision of creating photographic art, writing life in the image with his ideas and inspiration. This work has been selected into the permanent collection of the Japanese Kiyosato Museum of Art. In 2009, he was awarded in the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre Rangers Program, alone to carry out a trip to China for another self wandering journey. He is the most creative and inspire artist among young photographic artists.

Yunyi LIU (b.1981), As in her earlier work, recently Yunyi LIU has continued to examine the border areas and overlappings of space and time, memory and history. LIU’s latest project Landscaping from History comprises a photo series of the same title as well as the sketch project A Catalogue of a Border Island’s Defensives, both produced during several excursions by the artist to the Taiwanese Kinmen Islands. Located directly on the border to today’s mainland China, due to its strategic significance this small archipelago was repeatedly coveted by the military over the course of history and so became a setting of frequent violent conflicts. (

LU Pei-Yi is a curator, researcher and art critic, based in Taipei. She awarded PhD in humanity and Cultural Studies (London Consortium) from University of London in 2010. Her research interests are off-site art, museum studies and curating in theory and practice.Now, as an assistant professor of Department of Cultural Creative Industry and Program Leader of MA International Program, Critical and Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art, National Taipei University of Education. Also, teach in the Fine Art Department at Taipei National University of the Arts.

Li-Hsin KUO is a art critic and professor of the Department of Radio and Television National at Chengchi University in Taipei. He recently wrote a book “Manufacturing Meaning: Discourse, Power and Cultural Politics in Realist Photography” to argue the role which realist photography has been playing in the politics and the cultural history in both Taiwan and other parts of the world.

Bo-Yi SHEN is a art critic and image researcher, he is mainly focused on Taiwan’s contemporary art and photography culture in an attempt to explore the relationship of tension between contemporary art and photography. He is responsible for the documentation and review of various photography lectures at Lightbox, and has been a regular columnist in ArtCo magazine since February 2017. His critical essays have been published in Artist magazine, and in the internet media The Reporter. He also maintains a personal opinion blog entitled Implication.




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