Remains of the Day - Lulu Shur-tzy Hou Solo Exhibition

Exhibition: 2015/10/03 - 2015/10/31
Opening: 2015/10/03 (Sat.) 19:00
Location: VT Artsalon (B1, No.17, Ln.56, Sec. 3, Xinsheng N. Rd, Taipei, Taiwan)
Contact Number: 02-2597-2525

Artist Talk:2015/10/17 (Sat.) 15:00
Location: VT Artsalon (B1, No.17, Lane 56, Sec 3, Xinsheng N. Rd, TaipeiCity 104, Taiwan, Taipei)
主講人 Speaker│侯淑姿 Lulu Shur-tzy Hou
與談人 Panelist│黃孫權 Huang Sun Quan

Lulu Shur-tzy Hou

  • 1962  Born in Gia-yi, Taiwan
  • 1992  MFA (Imaging Art), Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA
  • 1985  BA(Philosophy), National Taiwan University

2004-now Assistant professor, Department of Creative Design and Architecture, National University of Kaohsiung

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015   “Remains of the Day”, VT Salon, Taiwan
  • 2013   “Here is Where We Meet “, Main Trend Gallery, Taiwan
  • 2010   “Look toward the other side─Song of Asian Foreign Brides in Taiwan”, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 2009   “Look toward the other side─Song of Asian Foreign Brides in Taiwan III”, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2008   “Border-crossing/Cultural- Identities ─Song of Asian Foreign Brides in Taiwan II”, Tainan County Cultural Center, Tainan, Taiwan
  • 2008   “Border-crossing/Cultural-Identities─Song of Asian Foreign Brides in Taiwan II”, Kao Yuan Art Center, Kao Yuan University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 2005   “Border-crossing/Diaspora─Song of Asian Foreign Brides in Taiwan I”, National Tsing Hua University Arts Center, Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • 2000   “Take a picture, it lasts longer”, Portside gallery, Yokohama, Japan
  • 2000   “Japan-Eye-Love You”, Art Gallery of Yokohama Museum, Yokohama, Japan
  • 1998   “Take a picture, it lasts longer”, Za Moca Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997   “Take a picture, it lasts longer”, Dimension Endowment of Art gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1996   “Take a picture, it lasts longer”, Synchronicity Space, NYC, USA
  • 1995   “Not Only for Women”, Up Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 1995   “Not Only for Women”, IT Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1993   “Not Only for Women”, Student Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA
  • 1992   “The Labyrinthine Path”, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Photo Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA

Group Exhibition

  • 2015   “A Voyage to South–Contemporary Images from the Museum Collection”, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
  • 2014   “Art as Social Interaction–Hong Kong/Taiwan Exchange”, Pier 2 Art Center, Kaohsiung
  • 2014   “Art as Social Interaction–Hong Kong/Taiwan Exchange”, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  • 2014   “Jia: Taiwan Contemporary Art”, Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
  • 2014   “Koganecho Bazaar 2014: Fictive Communities Asia”, Yokohama, Japan
  • 2013   “Women In Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012”, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Japan
  • 2013   “Women In Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012”, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Japan
  • 2012   “Women In Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012”, Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, Japan
  • 2012   “Women In Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012”, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
  • 2012   “Eyes on the South-Exhibition of Contemporary Art”,  Dadong Culture and Arts Center, Kaohsiung
  • 2011   “Looking Both Ways Contemporary Art Exhibition” Eastern Michigan University' and The University of Michigan
  • 2011   “The 9th Taishin Arts Award Exhibition”, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
  • 2011   “Eye of the Times-Centennial Images of  Taiwan”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum
  • 2010   “Four Dimensions-Contemporary Photography from Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau, Hong Kong Art Center, HK
  • 2010   “Yes, Taiwan-2010 Taiwan Biennial”, National Taiwan Museum of fine Arts, Taichung
  • 2010   “Each Other”, Pemalamo Gallery, Taipei
  • 2009   “Is It Real? 2009 Taiwan Photo Bazaar”, Sinyi Public Assembly Hall
  • 2009   “Her First Solo-Review and Perspective of Contemporary Women Artists in Taiwan”, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei
  • 2008   “Open, O sesame! What a Surprise”, Sincewell Gallery, Kaohsiung
  • 2008   “Little Sweet Heart-20 Years Anniversary of IT Park Gallery”, IT Park Gallery, Taipei
  • 2007   “Innart Opening Exhibition”, Innart Gallery, Tainan
  • 2007   “Ping-Tung Peninsula Arts Festival-Fifty Miles Art Journey”, F3 Artists’ Village, Ping-Tung
  • 2006   “Translocation-Recombination-Connection”, The Pier 2 Art District, Kaohsiung “Macro Vision, Micro Analysis, Multiple Reflections-Contemporary Art in Taiwan since 1987”, National Taiwan Museum, Taichung
  • 2006   “Work, Labor”,Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast,  England
  • 2006   “Work-Slavery, Equal and Less Equal”, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2006   “Work, Labor”,Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  • 2005   “Work, Labor”, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innabruck, Austria
  • 2004   “Contemporary Taiwanese Art in the Era of Contention”, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University
  • 2004   “Reality Spells-Exhibition of Chinese Conceptual Photography from the ‘90, Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Central Library
  • 2002   “Dream02”, The Barge house and OXO Gallery, London
  • 2000   “Taipei International Fotofest”, Sun-yet Sun Memorial Hall, Taipei,2000
  • 2000   “Journey of the Spirit-Taiwanese Women Artists and Contemporary Representations”, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung
  • 2000   “Very Fun Park”, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong
  • 2000   “Close-Up”, University Gallery of Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2000   “Memory”, Fubon Building, Taipei
  • 2000   “How to use women’s body, transfiguration of sex, gender, nationality”, Ota fine art gallery, Tokyo
  • 2000   “Visions of Pluralism-Contemporary Art in Taiwan, 1988-1999”, National History Museum, Taipei
  • 1999   “Black, round and Erotic” photography exhibition, Sogo Department Store, Taipei
  • 1999   “Visions of  Pluralism-Contemporary Art in Taiwan, 1988-1999”, Peking Fine Art Museum, Peking
  • 1999   “Contemporary Imaging Art of Taiwan, 1990-1999”, Kuo-Mu-Sheng Foundation Art Center, Taipei
  • 1998   “Taiwan Art Festival”, Tainan Social Education Center, Tainan
  • 1998   “Mind and Spirit-Women’s Art in Taiwan”, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei
  • 1997   “Lord of the Rim”, Hsin Chuang City Culture Center, Taipei County, Taiwan
  • 1996   Perimeter 4”, 456 Gallery, NYC
  • 1995   “Best from the Year Award”, Taipei Photo Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1994   “Random”, It Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1991   “SPAS Show”, Photo Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  • 1989   “Zone System Group Exhibition”, Fotosoft Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1985   “The Sketch of the Arts Faculty”, Student Activity Center, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Awards & Fellowship

  • 2011   National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) Fine Arts Regular Grant
  • 2011   The 9th Taishin Arts Award(visual arts finalist)
  • 2011   “Look toward the other side:Song of Asian Foreign Brides in Taiwan-Lulu Shur- tzy Hou Solo Exhibition”(Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts ) was selected by Artist Magazine as top10 public art museum exhibitions of 2010
  • 2009   National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) Fine Arts Regular Grant
  • 2008   Asian Cultural Council Grant (photography)
  • 2000   National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) Fine Arts Regular Grant
  • 1998   National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) Fine Arts Regular Grant
  • 1995   Taipei Photography Festival, Annual Best Award

Artist Residency

  • 2014   Koganecho Bazaar Artist in Residency, Yokohama, Japan
  • 1998   Za Moca Foundation Artist Residency, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1995   Earth Art Residency, Brooklyn, NYC, USA

Public Collection

  • 2014   “The series of Yin Chen Cheng-lan, Here is where we meet”, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
  • 2013   “The series of Huang-shih Nien, Look toward the other side- Asian foreign brides in Taiwan”, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
  • 2009   “Take a picture, it lasts longer(Flower, Banana series)”, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
  • 2003   “Guess who you are(5 pieces) ”, National Taiwan Fine Art Museum
  • 1998   “Labors and labels(III) ”, Taipei Fine Art Museum

Public Art

  • 2008    “Kaleidoscope of Images”, Taipei Municipal Changan Elementary School
  • 2002   “What is Happiness”, Taipei Municipal Jan Cheng Junior High School

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., the founder of American modern legal pragmatism, once claimed that “[w]here we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” Shur-Tzy Hou’s works presented in this solo exhibition feature the women who have become flotsam and jetsam in a foreign land by unveiling their lifestyle, their relations with neighbors, as well as their lives in the vicissitudes of the times. A number of military dependents’ villages in Fongshan District, Kaohsiung City have been torn down successively since the implementation of the “Act for Rebuilding Old Quarters for Military Dependents.” Huang-Bu New Village is a rare survival under this act.(1) It took over the military facilities and infrastructure in Fongshan area established during the Japanese colonial period.(2) In October 1947, General Li-Jen Sun chose Fongshan as the military training base for the New 1st Army, redeploying over one hundred subordinates of the New 1st Army from mainland China to Taiwan and arranging them in the fourth officer training class. These subordinates and their families settled down in Cheng-Zheng New Village (later renamed as Huang-Bu New Village) which is the first military dependents’ village in Taiwan. In May 1955, the village received the whole country’s attention for the espionage case of Ting-Liang Guo (or the military mutiny case of Li-Jen Sun).(3) Grandma Liu, the protagonist of the works displayed in this solo exhibition, settled down in Fongshan with her fiancé. When the artist visited this village in July 2008, grandma Liu was one of the few residents who still live there. She refused to leave the house where she spent a lifetime until the authority cut off the water and electricity supply. Her life experience vividly reflects the story of military dependents. They were not only forced to migrate to Taiwan with the Nationalist Government and become strangers (i.e. mainlanders) in a foreign land, but also confronted with dramatic change of their cherished home in Taiwan at their twilight years. The story revolves around grandma Liu’s attachments to the village where she has lived in for over six decades, and her deep reluctance to witness its destruction. The turmoil of war severed their connections with relatives and families in mainland China. These military dependents had no choice but to build new homes in Taiwan and to lead their lives by living as collectives. Thus, these villages supposed to be temporary dwellings turned out to be their spiritual and emotional hometowns that replaced their real origins in mainland China.

As the title of this solo exhibition suggests, the exhibited documentary images rekindle the military dependents’ feelings of displacement and nostalgic memories, allowing the viewers to trace the six-decade historical trajectory of women residents who spent their lifetime in Huang-Bu New Village.

(1) Huang-Bu New Village was registered as a cultural landscape on 21 June 2013. At the end of the same year, Kaohsiung City Government submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Defense, aiming to transform the village into a cultural park. Now the village is planned to be a national-grade park featuring the culture of military dependents’ villages.

(2) This area includes officer quarters, stables. The Japanese navy radio station with the most robust frequency was also located near this area. Later, this place became the navy hostel of Gong-Xie New Village (where the Ming-De Disciplinary Camp was located) in the White Terror period.

(3)Sun Li-Jen, the Chief Military Advisor to the Office of the President and the former Commander in Chief of the Republic of China Army, was forced to resign in 20 August 1955 because his subordinate, Lieutenant-Colonel Guo Ting-Liang who served in the Army Infantry School, was accused of espionage. Guo was arrested on 25 May, tortured and cajoled into admission as a bandit spy. Many subordinates of Sun were implicated and over thirty of them who lived in Huang-Bu New Village were imprisoned. These officers’ dependents suffered from severe hardships. After released from the prison, they were no longer soldiers and had difficulties in finding a job. Those who were not imprisoned also suffered from surveillance, edging, and discrimination. The new residents who moved in Huang-Bu New Village after 1955 were mainly officers who serve in R.O.C. Military Academy or the Army Infantry School with entirely different mindset and standpoint. Political cadres and officers of Taiwan Garrison Command, together with their families, settled down in and around Huang-Bu New Village, keeping a watchful eye on Sun’s subordinates for over thirty years.