傅柯（Michel Foucault）：「只有當人身既具有生產性又具有依附性時，它才能變成一種有用的力量。」黃國彥<「人之初」系列>，彰顯了生育是女性的天職，沒有臉的孕婦也意味著母親在為人人創造場域時自己卻消失了。母職也有可能成就一種奇蹟式的消除法，去填滿原本的裂縫與匱乏。高媛深受聖母聖嬰圖所啟示的十二個月亮，我特別挑了“12 Moons-Horse”，母女(非母子)的關係來呈現母職，裸露的女嬰如同懷孕可以超脫身體被性慾物化的凝視，同時思考母親－女兒彼此間的關係。
文：萬一一 YiYi Wan
A Microcosm of the Disturbing Factors in 100 Gender Photographs
Not only women are supposed to be drawn to the gender issue, we should also inquire about men’s points of view, and invite both men and women in a non-mainstream space to construct a new claim of gender relationship and visualization of gender differences. To deliberate the thoroughly internalized dichotomous feminine and masculine symbols, to unmask the general gender presumptions, and to shape the values of respecting multi-dimensional changing are more subversive than to reproach gender inequality.
80% of the artists are invited to participate the exhibition, the open call pieces including homosexual issue that reflect more over the attributes of biological sex and social gender. They show the heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual text. They are expected to interpret gender issue from different views based on class, age, sexual preference, and individual life experience. In addition to fight for gender equality, this is also the expansion of creation media and concept, as well as collective self-realization of dialogue with others.
Photography Represents Reality?
“Disappearing Landscape—September” by Guan-Ming Yuan—The image is produced by a scanner, blurring the definition and text entity of traditional photography. It also disintegrates the customary way of using lens to capture reality. “After all…Food is just the Prolog II” by Chung-Yi Yu—The video image is compressed and transformed into static presence, and displayed as a performance record after continuous high speed. “The Banquet” by Tsai-Zo He—With an offbeat mask, the cut-out picture from a specific room showcases a daubed, engulfed girl. The male anxiety is converted in disguise into feminine quality to meet his pleasure.
Power Technology Presents Pleasant Sensation Towards Female Bodies
The unconscious gaze of the male photographer, the seductive angle is constructed to be a wonder. Take “Miss 96” by Ji-Wei Wang for example, lust and fetish are twins, the body itself seems mobile; “Femal Pheromone” by Wen-Yon Huang is a projective vessel for male desire; these make us to ponder on the way men look at women. They further help understand what the creator tries to express their mind. Most amusingly, Ashely Hsu’s request to men for shooting a hundred birds (penis)—can that be considered a form of art?
Alternative Interpretation of Maternal Bodies
Michel Foucault said that a body becomes powerful only when it has productivity and subordinateness. “Men at Their Birth” series by Guo-Yian Huang—manifest the female calling of giving birth, the effaced pregnant woman implicates mother’s selfless existence in the field of reproduction. Maternal duties may achieve a form of miraculous elimination and fill out the crevice and deficiency. The revelation of the 12 moons in the picture of “Holy Mother and the Holy Child” inspires Yuan Kao profoundly. Instead of mother and son, I choose “12 Moons-Horse,” mother and daughter relationship to reveal maternal duties. The bare baby girl seems that an expectant mother may transcend her body from the physically libidinous gaze, and at the same time, to think about the mother-daughter relationship.
Body Glorification Proclaims Existence
We see the characteristic of alternative sexual desire. “Artificial Heaven” by Pei-De Hue—applies law of ridicule. “Figurine Republic, Please Enter Me” by Ke-Hua Chen—ironically mocks sex practice carrying out the molding of sexual desire; “Hi, Miss Goodman” by Yi-Shin Tzen—establishes identification through the sarcasm of ruled beauty; “Headless Self-Portrait” by Yin-Shen Liu—presents the avant-garde and romantic transvestite.
Criteria change in time and space. 100 Gender Photographs Exhibition and conference show concern on uniqueness and explore diversity. People are free to speak their mind and have their interpretation. To deconstruct and reconstruct is our New Year’s resolution.
Curator: YiYi Wan Translated by Sylvia Chang