Kao Chung-li is one of most important artist working in Taiwan today, and his practice combines filmmaking, painting, photography, sculpture and installation. Kao developed his hybrid artistic language both through his artistic practice and his everyday life. By making 8-mm home-movies in his spare time, Kao documented his family life as well as an array of unusual and eccentric sub-cultural activities. These recordings all became source material for his experimental film creations; his art reflects his everyday life, but also presents Taiwan’s cultural or media history. The exhibition gathers Kao’s most significant works including My Mentor, Chen Yingzhen (2010) and Slideshow Cinema 1: Taste of Human Flesh (2010–12), which investigate the relationship between national history and personal biography. The exhibition also presents early material by Kao including his experimental film That Photograph (1984).
‘Kao Chung-li: The Man with the Film Projector’ is curated by Chou Yu-ling as a part of the Taiwan Spotlight Project, presented by both Birkbeck, University of London, and the Taipei Representative Office in the UK. LUX Artists’ Moving Image also supports the screening and panel discussion. The Taiwan Spotlight Project is funded by the Ministry of Culture (Republic of China, Taiwan) and the generosity of the Taiwanese entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr. Samuel Yin.