2015 TAIPEI ARTS AWARDS

The annual art competition and exhibition, the Taipei Arts Awards, has been successfully presented for many years by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and is a testament to the dynamism of Taiwan's contemporary art development. As a competitive award, it is an important indicator and predictor in the Taiwanese art world. It also encourages outstanding artists and artwork that is rich in epoch reflecting content, and stimulates diverse ideas and creative energy.

The number of applications submitted to this year’s competition is up to 258 pieces, but only 16 artists enter the final stage. It is highly competitive. The grand prize of “2015 Taipei Arts Awards” is Hsiang-Lin Wang. Her photographic work, Metamorphosis, is set the composition on the basis of nature as subject, attempting to unravel the complicated symbiosis among people and grasping man’s solitary nature from real life.

The artists acquiring the honourable mention are Sheng-Hung Shiu, Hsia-Fei Chang, Tay-Jou Lin, Chih-Wei Chuang and Musquiqui Chihying. Judges’ Award obtained by the following artists: I-Hsuan Weng, Yung-Ta Chang, Chao-Hao Liao, Yi-Chun Lin, Tsung Yun Lai, Yu-Ping Guo, Yi-Hsuan Peng, Chien Chi, Rae-Yuping Hsu and Ting-Jung Chen.

There will be occasional live performances of nude in the piece Pacific Princess. This works is only suggested for the visitors above 18 years old.

  • Chang Yung-Ta(b.1981)

    Relative Perception N°1 [ver.2] is a new series by Chang Yung-Ta on the basis of his sound installation Relativity +/- (2011). The idea is mainly about possible relations among sound, temperature, the visual, space and body perception, opening up body perception beyond the visual, as well as dia...
  • Shiu Sheng-Hung(b.1987)

    Through the process of making the painting series titled Sanchuan State, Shiu Sheng-Hung took a new look and obtained a different understanding about Taiwan’s natural scenery and the land’s humanistic aspects accumulated along with changes of the times. An essential approach that forged ...
  • Weng I-Hsuan(b.1992)

    Weng I-Hsuan represents Studying Destroyed Photos series through action art. The title itself is a sarcastic expression about values of the masses and the act of viewing. The artist interprets the core spirit of the topic through artistic action. By applying paint directly onto various objects and s...
  • Hsia-Fei Chang(b.1973)

    Through action and performance, Hsia-Fei Chang’s Pacific Princess rethinks female identity and image identification in contemporary society. Female hotel attendants in Taiwan are dubbed as “princesses,” yet the connotation of the word is far removed from those in royal families or ...
  • Lin Tay-Jou(b.1968)

    Lin makes use of videos and digital images in his creative series, My Body is an Air Quality Monitoring Station. His intervention in environmental issues exposes with video art the reality of serious pollution under the expansion of petrochemical industries, jeopardizing the health of local resident...
  • Liao Chao-Hao(b.1990)

    In Wasteland, Liao Chao-Hao uses pulp to make Jersey barrier, a commonplace object in daily life. By highlighting the material properties of pulp, the artist indicates the poignant issue that concrete, a necessary material of construction work, occupies the natural environment. Yet it is not as easi...
  • Musquiqui Chihying(b.1985)

    Musquiqui Chihying, under the exhibition framework “Modern Life is Dull,” puts forth three video and installation works: The Alp, The Jog, and The Toyota. The artist, in a humorous manner, explores the underlying mental and behavioral habits in daily life, in an attempt to apply Michel d...
  • Peng Yi-Hsuan(b.1990)

    It is easy to write and erase on whiteboard. This becomes the core concept in Impermanent Marks. Peng says, “I think the nature of whiteboard is that you can write from the beginning infinitely. We can easily forget all the messages and images marked on it. But what is given has merged into an...
  • Yi-Chun Lin(b.1990)

    Yi-Chun Lin reflects upon the essence of existence through the experiences of being a stranger abroad. The triptych, To the Family, the Stranger, All Residents, and People Who Missed Each Other deals with the inevitable sense of estrangement. The work explores areas like household, supermarket, and ...
  • Lai Tsung Yun(b.1988)

    In the project titled i Machine : Refurbish Your Apples, Lai Tsung Yun made an installation with commercial service procedures, inviting the viewer to join and reflect on the capitalist consumption pattern accurately set by Apple Inc. with their warranty service. With the project, Lai Tsung Yun atte...
  • Yu-Ping Kuo(b.1986)

    Yu-Ping Guo represents Eastern Messiah through an installation of video, pictures and objects. Through imageries of a road, a car and a family, the work begins with traces of individual emotional experience, plays on Taiwan’s national authority and developmentalism after the World War II, and ...
  • Chuang Chih-Wei(b.1986)

    In his Reborn Tree series, Chuang Chih-Wei makes use of the contrasting elements of mechanical device and living organism to express the transformation of life under the shifting conditions manipulated by the environment and external mechanism. Shading is an important factor in this work. Chuang emp...
  • Chi Chien(b.1974)

    Chi Chien represent Passing through the Post-Garden through a mixed media installation. Here, “garden” involves the parameters of an inter-zone between private sphere and public realm. It also invokes a common phenomenon in ordinary life: occupying the road by putting pots of plants on t...
  • Rae-Yuping Hsu(b.1989)

    The axis of The Phantom Limb in Pain: Karaoke Duet by Rae-Yuping Hsu is constructed on the implicit pain of loss, with empty signifiers connected to non-existent places. Whether Falling out of Love, an installation of mixed media in which the tune of “National Anthem of the Republic of China&r...
  • Ting-Jung Chen(b.1985)

    Ting-Jung Chen’s Atlas is composed of three sets of interactive action installation: Friday I’ll be in Love, Tigers Gather, and Milchstraße 29c. The audience is invited to take part in the game context set by the work to release their experiences and body dynamics. By reproducing &...
  • Hsiang-Lin Wang(b.1984)

    Hsiang-Lin Wang set the composition of Metamorphosis series (comprising 12 photographs) on the basis of nature as subject, attempting to unravel the complicated symbiosis among people. It is about honestly confronting man’s real feeling in solitary moments, and grasping man’s solitary na...