Foundation Manuel Rivera-Ortiz features Taiwan photographer’s exhibition [2022/07/05]
Three series of images by Taiwan photographer Hsu Ching-yuan are on display till Sept. 25 at the Foundation Manuel Rivera-Ortiz in the southern French town of Arles as part of government soft power initiatives to bring local artists to a wider global audience, the Ministry of Culture said July 2.
Hsu’s exhibit is part of the Dress Code program staged by the foundation which brings together over 20 international artists who express singular views through identity and clothing, the MOC said.
Titled Messagers du Detroit, the exhibit comprises 15 photos and two video recordings created by Hsu in 2020. The artist uses popular actors clothed as shamans in both real and parody settings to throw light on the absurdity of reality.
Born in 1956 in a fishing village on the outlying Penghu County, Hsu engaged full time in photography after retiring from the construction industry in 2012. He has won several photography awards, including the Taipei Art Award and Kaohsiung Prize.
The program coincides with the Les Rencontres d’ Arles, a summer photography festival founded in 1970 and held in the southern French city that attracts more than 100,000 participants each year.
Under the MOC’s auspices, the Taiwan Cultural Center in Paris has cooperated with the foundation since 2018 to introduce exceptional Taiwan artists to the annual summer festival, the ministry added. 

Source: Taiwan Today (