SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
TALES OF OUR TIME (group)
EXHIBITION SYNOPSISAbout Tales of Our Time
Second Exhibition of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative Features Large-Scale Works Commissioned for Guggenheim Collection Exhibition Tales of Our Time is on view from 2016.11.4-2017.3.10. Taiwanese artist Chia-en Jao, represented by TKG+, is going to present the video installation, "Taxi" (2016), which presents conversations conducted by the artist Chia-En Jao (b. 1976) with taxi drivers in Taipei. The artist asked drivers to take him to historically contested destinations in the city, such as a branch of Chang Hwa Bank where a mass protest was suppressed by Chiang Kai-shek’s military regime in 1947, the Presidential Office Building, the Grand Hotel, or the National Taiwan Museum. Recorded documentary style, the conversations meander through difficult memories of the Japanese occupation and martial law to present-day concerns. The artist has also created a flag for the installation, a traditional coat of arms representing many aspects of Taiwanese society, including its aboriginal communities. Through this investigation into the powerful connection between history and storytelling, Jao creates a mental map of Taipei that honors individual memory and experience.