【Solo Exhibition of Chen Po-I】Firework Baptist


Dates: 2019/05/18 (Sat.) – 2019/07/06 (Sat.)
Opening Reception: 2019/05/18 (Sat.), 18:30-21:00
Commentators: Director. Huang Jian-liang
Venue: VT Artsalon (No. 17, Lane 56, Section 3, Xinsheng North Road, Taipei City)

Chen Po-I

Born in 1972 in Chiayi, Chen Po-I received his PhD degree in Ocean Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan.

As a photographer, Chen’s works concern the humanities and social aspects of Taiwan, using his lens to connect himself with the greater context of Taiwanese society. With this, his photographs have the power to express the collective memories of Taiwan.

His photographic works are frequently invited for exhibitions, recently include The Pioneers of Taiwanese Artists, 1971-1980 (The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2014)), Lendemain Chagrin (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 2016), Kau-Puê, Mutual Companionship in Near Future: 2017 Soulangh International Contemporary Art Festival , (Soulangh Cultural Park, 2017) , Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy, 2018).

At this moment, Chen is actively engaged in the photography education and also works as a curator of Tainan International Foto Festival. Some of his photographic works now become the permanent collection at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), Maison Européenne de la Photographie (France) and are also collected by private collectors.

Commentator  Huang Jian-liang

Director of Vision project - Image division,United Daily News Group. Director of Imaging Image Productions. Born in 1962 in Taipei, Taiwan. Master of Fine Arts in Photography from School of Visual Arts, New York City.BA of Cinema and Photography in Southern Illinois University. Huang has been dedicated to creating images and teaching photography for over 30 years.

By global standards, southern Taiwan has few truly exceptional geographical or cultural features. However, it does boast what is probably the most extreme and exciting pyrotechnics event in the world: The Yanshuei Fireworks Festival, also known as the Beehive Rockets Festival. Firework Baptist dressed in full protective gear stand in front of walls of firecrackers. When the beehive erupts, rockets will start to shoot horizontally out of the beehive. Wherever Baptist stand, fireworks will scream like tracer bullets, over their body. They put up with the pain to join in the celebration to pray for future fortune and health.

VT Artsalon present you in May 2019: Firework Baptist portrait photography project as artist Chen Po-I’s Solo Exhibition. This project created portraits for Taiwan ethnography, presenting the models and types of Taiwanese folklore in deadpan photography. Attending the Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival in person, artist Chen Po-I tried to record people chasing the fireworks. The traces of fire burning, colliding and splashing reveal a scene of devouring fireworks after the surge of adrenaline.