The View of Formosa’s Landscape from Photographers II
Lobby of Floor 1 ． Hallway of Floor 2
National Taiwan Museum
Taiwan is surrounded by oceans. Geographically, the ocean and land are essential elements that forming form the present-day Taiwan, and the solid foundation that all residents rely on for their daily lives.
From the perspective of human residence and living, Taiwan’s oceanic zone covers coastal areas, Penghu, Orchid Island, Green Island, Liuqiu and many uninhabited offshore isles. And only the main island of Taiwan possesses a sufficient area of land. In the view of land use, large areas of land display various features depending on the degree of cultivation. The mountains and forests taking up 2/3 of the total land area can be divided into grassland, natural forest, artificial forest and farmland. The plains have already been developed into farmland, industrial land and residential land. The only remaining wild plains, probably less than 10%, have been preserved in their original state for special reasons, such as national parks or coastal wetlands. As it is, today’s Taiwan has been gradually physically shaped by its residents since thousands of years ago.
This exhibition continues The View of Formosa’s Land from Photographers presented in 2013, based on Taiwan’s historical development, to demonstrate geographical and cultural characteristics of Taiwan via photographic works from different generations. We aim to lead the audience to further understand and experience anew this precious island and discover its oceans and wild land on which they depend more closely besides splendid mountains, rivers and natural ecology.
This special exhibition is greatly different from the previous one two years ago because it is a new curatorial endeavor. Firstly, from the aspect of Taiwan photographical history, we have invited more celebrated senior photographic masters since John Thomson in 1871 to participate in this show. Secondly, more cultural contents are included in the exhibit works (such as oceanic ceremonies by Tao People of Orchid Island and Amis People of the east coast) in addition to demonstration of Taiwan’s geography and natural ecology. Thirdly, we have particularly invited several senior and young photographers to exploit their personal originality and expressive skills to create amazingly innovative representations on nature and culture of Taiwan’s ocean and land. And this special exhibition of the art of photography also serves as one of the precursors for the opening of the future National Photography Center. We wish this exhibition might bring visionary inspiration and influence to Taiwan’s photographic development in future.