City Ciphers─Captured by the Lens

2023 / 09 / 23 Sat.

2023 / 11 / 19 Sun.

10:00 - 22:00

  • Curator

    Shen Chao-Liang

  • Exhibition Coordinator

    Chen Shu-Chen

  • Artists

    Takahiro Mizushima
    Hubert Kilian
    Lee Ya-Yen
    Ho Hung-Chin
    Lin Hsuan-Lang
    Chen Yan-Cheng
    Chen Shu-Chen
    Huang Yu-Hsiu
    Tang Yi-Choon

  • Museum and School Collaboration

    The entire 9th grade students of Jian Cheng Junior High School
    Museum-School Artist|Evan Lin
    Art Teachers|Chen Yang De、Chang Chiao Ming
    Exploration Course Instructors|Chiu Ching-Ling、Chang Chen-Jen、Wang Ciou-Yun、Huang Yuan-Chi、Shen Wan-Li

  • Public Artwork Site Map

  • Supervisor

    Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government

  • Organizers

    Taipei Culture Foundation

  • Sponsors

    Contemporary Art Foundation
    Hui-Neng Chi Arts and Culture Foundation
    Royal Inn

  • Co-organizer

    U-imagine Ltd.

  • Cooperation

    Taipei Municipal Jian Cheng Junior High School
    Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation
    Royal Inn

  • Annual Sponsor for Appointed TV/Screen


  • Media Cooperation

    Radio Taiwan International

  • Special Thanks

    Guangneng Village Office
    Chientai Village Office
    Jianming Village Office
    Minan Village Office


Photography as an Extension of Urban Landscape and Memory

Text / Shen Chao-Liang

The Boulevard du Temple , the earliest surviving photograph of a cityscape to include an image of a human, was taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838, and since then 185 years have passed. Photography, which was limited to specific machines and materials in those days, has made rapid technological advancements, with multiple ways available now for producing and attaining images. This particular photograph, albeit plain and simple, still suggests the historical processes and technological dilemmas that are unavoidable when interpreting the work, which also highlights its value in terms of the evolutionary expansion and the deepening of meaning that are naturally linked to the genre of urban photography that has subsequently unfolded in diverse and vibrant ways.

Looking back at the changes and development of photography genres, interior and exterior urban views and streetscapes, spaces, partial areas, features of life, and human activities have always been subjects actively explored by photographers all over the world. The practice of photography also involves macro/micro adjustments of distances, day/night selections, viewpoint/perspective positioning, and random/static switches, with unrestricted sprightly expressions showcased in interdisciplinary exhibitions with mixed media. Urban landscapes, spaces, alleyways, time-specific scenes, portraits, urban textures, random street photography, and other genres are progressively and exquisitely realized and widely recognized in various photography works created in different parts of the world.

This exhibition has brought together the following nine photographers from the four countries of Taiwan, France, Japan, and Malaysia: Takahiro Mizushima shares with us Alley Chief which integrates portraiture photography with painting; Tang Yi-Choon’s Street Corners is based on the artist’s observations of street corners in lanes and alleyways; in Strolling Through Chifeng , Lee Ya-Yen deconstructs the area known as the “Blacksmith Street”; Ho Hung-Chin takes to the nighttime streets in Night Excursion ; Chen Yan-Cheng presents up-close observations of buildings to show their intricate textures in Urban Grilles ; Lin Hsuan-Lang roams freely and collects what’s seen in Xinzhongshan Fusion ; in Gods of Commerce , Huang Yu-Hsiu searches for altars in commercial spaces; Hubert Kilian lingers in a traditional space that he calls Interior Metropolis ; and inside a room at the Royal Inn Taipei Nanxi, Chen Shu-Chen overturns, deconstructs, and vividly compiles Royal Fantasy in the limited space. Created at the Royal Inn and between the Metro Zhongshan Station and Shuanglian Station, this community art project responds to the creative approach and genre-specific features mentioned in the beginning, and under limited resources and conditions, this collection of new photography works expands from the inside to the outside, from far to near, from figurative to abstract; the artworks are ambiguous but also forthright; they are pure and mutated practices of photography.



Museum-School Collaboration Project

Museum-School Artist|Evan Lin

Since 2007, the Museum-School Collaboration Project between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Taipei and Jian Cheng Junior High School has been running for fifteen years. During the second half of 2022 and the first half of 2023, senior photographer and curator Evan Lin was invited to collaborate with two teachers at Jian Cheng Junior High School, Chen Yang De and Chang Chiao Ming. Together, they led all ninth-grade students on a journey into contemporary photography. Through activities such as taking self-portraits, capturing candid moments, and practicing photography with both digital and film cameras, the students were encouraged to explore and develop a deeper understanding of themselves.

As a senior photographer, curator, and father of two children, Evan Lin navigates through the multiple roles of work and life, occasionally allowing these identities to nourish one another. In 2016, Lin established the "HEM HEM MEDIA Home Photography Studio," bringing forth a warm sensation to viewers through events, thematic projects, still photography, and audiovisual production.

Curator & Artists

Shen Chao-Liang
Ho Hung-Chin
Takahiro Mizushima
Chen Shu-Chen
Huang Yu-Hsiu
Chen Yan-Cheng
Lee Ya-Yen
Lin Hsuan-Lang
Tang Yi-Choon
Hubert Kilian

Shen Chao-Liang was born in Tainan, Taiwan, in 1968. He obtained his master’s degree from the Graduate School of the Applied Media Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts. He worked as a Deputy Chief photographer for the Liberty Times, Taiwan, the artist in residence at National Central University, adjunct associate professor at the National Taiwan University of Arts, and currently the Professor of the Photography and VR Design Department, Huafan University, and a member of the Board of Director of the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan. Aside from photographic creation, he also works on photography commentary, research, curation, and is convener of the Photo ONE, Taipei. His major works include Reflections of Nan-Fang-Ao (2001) to the latter series of YULAN Magnolia Flower (2008), Tsukiji Fish Market (2010), STAGE (2011), SINGERS & STAGES (2013) and Taiwanese Vaudeville Troupes (2016). Shen won the Golden Tripod Award for Best Photography (magazine category) of Taiwan in 2000, 2002, and 2012, the Asia Award in Sagamihara, Japan (2004), the Dong-gang Photography Award, Korea (2006), the Artists Wanted: Photography Category Award, NY, USA (2011), the IPA (International Photography Awards) 1st Place in Professional: Book of Documentary, LA, USA (2012), and the 2015 Wu San-Lien Award, Taiwan, among others.

Ho Hung-Chih graduated from the National Institute of the Arts (now Taipei National University of the Arts) and holds an MFA in Ink Painting from Tunghai University. He has exhibited at Taichung Cultural Center, Taichung City Seaport Art Center, among others, and has participated in “Portfolio Review” at Photo ONE (2014, 2015, 2019). In 2018, his work Outlander was awarded the Selected Prize in the photography category at the National Art Exhibition, R.O.C. Ho has developed art courses for the Arts and Life Center, Ministry of Education, and was a seed teacher in the program. He is now a high school art teacher, and the photography instructor at the “Image Documentation Research Club” in the same high school.

Takahiro Mizushima (b. 1988, Ota, Tokyo) graduated from the Tokyo Visual Arts in 2009. Mizushima is a member of the Totem Pole Photo Gallery in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. He was a finalist in the 10th 1_wall Photography Competition in 2014, and in 2017, he was awarded the Young Art Photo Eye Award (Taipei) with his photography series, Long Hug Town. In 2018, the same series was featured in New Planet Photo City – William Klein And Photographers Living in the 22nd Century at 21_21 Design Sight in Roppongi, Tokyo, which garnered much attention from the photography and fashion circles. He was also featured in the Lianzhou International Photo Festival.

Chen Shu-Chen holds an MFA from the National Taiwan University of Arts. In addition to making photography projects, she has actively juxtaposed different media and mixed media as an approach to explore heterogeneous space, which has led to the birth of her art series, After (2010-2018), Shoot (2010-2013), and her work for the “Public Art Project of Southern Taiwan Science Park” (2013). She is the recipient of several national photography and mixed media awards and has been invited to exhibit at numerous international exhibitions and establishments, among which are the Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan), IWPA traveling exhibition, Lishui Photography Festival (China), Belfast Photo Festival (UK), Lianzhou International Photo Festival (China), Singapore International Photography Festival, Suwon International Photo Festival (Korea), f/28 The Chiang Mai Month of Photography (Thailand), and Photonic Moments (Slovenia). Chen is an interdisciplinary artist and the director of U-Design Limited Company. She now lives and works in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Huang Yu-Hsiu (b. 1994, Taipei, Taiwan) graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Chinese Culture University, and worked as a magazine photojournalist. He is now studying for his master’s degree at the Graduate Institute of Creative Video and Digital Media Industry. His art practice revolves around space, portrait, and landscape. His work, Hoarders, has been included in “Young Portfolio Acquisitions,” the permanent collection of Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (2018). He was awarded the Jury Prize in “Portfolio Review” at Photo ONE‘19 (2019) and was featured in the KYOTOGRAPHIE, where he was awarded the KG+ SIGMA prize (2020). In 2021, he presented HOARDERS─Yu-Hsiu Huang Solo Exhibition and was featured in Sneaking Photography Project at the 2022 Mattauw Earth Triennial.

Chen Yan-Cheng is now based in Taichung, Taiwan. Fond of exploring the nature of time, Chen continuously collides photography with his own existence, and enjoys the sparks engendered by such collision. His work mainly deals with time and existence, and often expands life experiences to include social communities in a metaphorical way. His recent work has not only drawn inspiration from his own life, but has also returned to photography itself as an attempt to explore how photography can serve as a means to ask questions. Chen has exhibited at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, National Center of Photography and Images in Taiwan, as well as in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and China.

Lee Ya-Yen holds a BFA and an MFA in Western Art History from the National Taiwan Normal University. Currently, she mostly works with photography as her way to express her attention to the images of her surroundings. Through movement, she intuitively captures the state of fleeting and present moments to trigger her own emotional reaction and response to the people, events, and things around her. She primarily engages in street photography, in which she infuses a sense of exquisiteness, complemented by the artistic form of grouped display. Lee’s work was featured in the 2016 Lianzhou International Photo Festival: Yet Another Gaze – A New Horizon for Contemporary Taiwanese Photography (2016), the Tianshui Photography Biennale (2018), and The Private Times (Hong-gah Museum, 2018). In 2020, her photography series Encounter the Future of the Past was awarded The Best Portfolio Review Award at Photo ONE. In 2023, she was featured in Mattauw Earth Triennial – One Thousand Names of Zeng-Wen River .

Lin Hsuan-Lang (b. 1987, Taipei, Taiwan) graduated from the Department of Photography, Visual Arts College, Osaka, Japan. He is now a freelance photographer, whose art practice mainly engages in the photography of streetscape, still life, and landscape, and mostly finds his subject matter from the daily surroundings. Commercially, Lin also engages in event, theater, magazine, and product photography. He is a long-term photographer at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards. In 2016, Lin was awarded the Jury Prize at the TIVAC Photography Award for a series of still life photography featuring vegetables and fruits, titled V.F. Planetary System- Imagination of Space by Vegetable and Fruit. In the same year, his street photography series, Taipei No Goodbye, was included in the permanent collection of the Young Portfolio Acquisitions (YP16). Lin was featured in Reverse Landscape: Beitou Local Image Collection Project (Hong-gah Museum, 2017), and Beginnings, Forever, Collection from the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2018). In 2020, he presented his solo exhibition, Taipei No Goodbye, and was selected into the final selection for “The Best Portfolio Review Award” for Taipei No Goodbye in “Portfolio Review” at Photo ONE’20.

Tang Yi-Choon (b. 1993, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) now lives in Taipei, Taiwan. He holds an MFA in Applied Media Arts from the Department of Radio & Television, National Taiwan University of Arts. With his friends, he co-founded Mountop Studio in 2016, where he works as a photographer and producer. He has participated in “Photo Go” at the Tainan International Photo Festival (2018, 2019, 2021), Tainan Annual (2021), and “Portfolio Review” at the Photo ONE (2020). His work has been exhibited in Taiwan, Malaysia, and the University of Greenwich, London, UK.

Hubert Kilian (b. 1972) first visited Taiwan in 2003 as a journalist and was based in Taiwan until 2016. His photographic journey began in 1996, driven by the desire to capture the feelings and emotions prompted by the change of time and shadow cast by cities. For more than two decades, Killian has attempted to delineate the images and flow of time and cities from their characteristic perspectives. He has documented the interactive relationship between urban dwellers and the environment, endeavoring to unearth the dramatic tension between the disappeared existences and the remaining traces in the flow of time. His work has been shown on numerous TV channels, radios, and newspapers, including French channel TV5Monde, TV5 Québec Canada, Arte, Asia Discovery, France Culture (French radio channel), Art Critique of Taiwan , Public Service Television, Le Monde, Vogue Taiwan, Apple Daily, United Daily, Radio Taiwan International, China Times, etc. His work has also been exhibited in France, Japan (KG+), Indonesia, and Taiwan. In 2018, he published Visages de Taipei (Happiness Culture editions; sold out), followed by Ventre de Taipei (Locus Publishing) in 2022.


Who I am, What I want
Night Excursion
Alley Chiefs
Royal Fantasy
Gods of Commerce
Urban Grilles
Strolling Through Chifeng
Street Corners



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