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Asian LGBTI art exhibition at a government gallery will make history

Asian LGBTI art exhibition at a government gallery will make history

One of the art pieces in Spectrosynthesis at Moca Taipei, the first LGBTI themed exhibition at a government run exhibition.

An government run art art gallery in Asia will feature an LGBTI themed exhibition for the first time.

Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now will launch in Septmeber at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan. The exhibition will use the rainbow symbol to represent diversity and light a fundamental source of energy for life.

Organizers said it was ‘the very first thematic exhibition on LGBTQ issues at a government-run art museum in a Chinese society’.

The works in Spectrosynthesis span half a century and were brought together by Taiwanese curator Sean HU.

Hu wanted to show a slice of the life stories and related issues of the post-war Chinese LGBTQ community.

The works’ focus will be on the current lives of LGBTI people and to comment on evolving social structures.

‘Spectrosynthesis is the first exhibition I have curated related to LGBTQ issues,’ Hu said.

‘During the last three years while preparing for the exhibition, I have witnessed a growth in discussions and debates on LGBTQ issues in Asia. The recent constitutional decision in favour of same-sex marriage in Taiwan is of particular significance.

‘Spectrosynthesis will present a wide range of works which relate to the topic of LGBTQ in various ways.

‘The exhibition hopes to stimulate thoughts and challenge values and perspectives on human equality. All parties involved in the exhibition take love as their starting point and I hope this will be the beginning of an open dialogue on the topic.’

One exhibition highlight comes from Hong Kong sound artist Samson Young. His Muted Situation #5: Muted Chorus is a single-channel HD video work. The video will be of a stage performance of the entirety of a choral composition. The chorus does not project the musical notes, suppressing the conscious sound-producing constituent of the performance. So other sounds will be revealed, such as the inhale of the singers, the sound that their bodies produce, and the rattling of the music scores.

LGBTI themed art exhibitions have been held around the world but have been absent from the Chinese art scene.

Held at MOCA Taipei, Spectrosynthesis comes only weeks after Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage.

‘Contemporary art should be more than just pleasing to the eye. It should also respond to topical issues as a means to communicate cultural values and open up dialogues with the public. Through art, the citizen can broaden their vision and better understand the world,’ said PAN Sheau Shei, Director of MOCA Taipei.

Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now is on at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei. September 9 to November 5, 2017