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 2014 Digiark Curatorial Exhibition Program - The Five Wardrobes She Has

2014 Digiark Curatorial Exhibition Program - The Five Wardrobes She Has

Exhibition Dates: 2014.8.30~2014.11.23

Opening Ceremony: 2014.8.30 (Sat) 14:30

Venue: Digiark Gallery


Curator: Tsau Saiau-Yue, Lin Yu-Chun

Artists: Lin Yu-Chun, Loh Li-Chen, Tsau Saiau-Yue, Christoper COLEMAN (USA)、Laleh MEHRAN (USA)


“In a time of political chaos, people were powerless to improve the external conditions governing their lives. But they could influence the environment immediately surrounding them, that is, their clothes. Each of us lives inside our own clothes.”


──Eileen Chang


Extending internally from the outside, an individual’s interpretation of her immediate surrounding is depended on the person’s continual reflection, deconstruction, and rearrangement of the self and others. The Five Wardrobes She Has is based on the “inferiority complex” coined by Alfred Adler in his theory of “individual psychology”, and the concept is used to explore the variety of symptoms in women caused by the compensation mechanism.


Woman’s Wardrobe as Micro Social Setting

Compared with men, cosmopolitan women are more frequently regarded as subjects opened for viewing, with superficial looks and physiques common triggers of inferiority. To compensate for it, some may become overtly conscious about dressing stylishly or find the need to shop obsessively. Some even resort to extreme workouts or plastic surgeries. The intention is through superficial changes to compensate and overcome one’s inferiority complex. Is it possible for the inner self to become more perfect because of the sense of security accumulated from “material objects”? Or perhaps life is stuck in a trap of overcompensation? Moreover, could the crux of these questions be presented through digital art? Contemporary women’s self-awareness is hereby further reevaluated.


From Overcompensation to Inferiority and Transcendence

The curatorial project, The Five Wardrobes She Has, consists of five international and local digital artists, with five common psychological states observed in women of today’s consumer society depicted in their artworks. The artworks are inspired by personal journeys, and are used to spark dialogues about the female inner-self and physical consciousness. To these artists, feeling inferior is not only a pessimistic emotional experience related to one’s subjectivity; it is also a resonating relationship between women and self-awareness. Behind each psychological state of inferiority is a self-secluded subject. Although each possesses an independent position, they also influence each other continuously, and the impacts are reflected in every micro social setting. The five digital artworks reevaluate the formation of the female inferiority complex, and hope to find a new feminine position through the crisscrossing of self-awareness and culture.


Consumer Society: A Visual Reconsideration

Seduction and rejection, beauty and exoticism, seriousness and absurdity, these oxymoronic patterns are demonstrations of parody with conspiracy and criticism. Through the theme of The Five Wardrobes She Has, the artists reflect upon the phenomenon of women being objectified in the consumer society, and by proclaiming the subjectivity for her own body, photographs of self-portraits are no longer regarded as a medium of realism used by photographers to present themselves; instead, they are viewed as symbols, masks, and costumes used to depict theatrical characters. The exhibition uses common psychological conditions of women to portray different journeys of self-awareness. In an era of traditional bondages and constant changes, the objective is to depart from personal experiences in life, and by focusing on the lives of women and through contemplation and examination of their self-awareness and changes in recognition, an attempt is made to trigger a sense of self-acceptance in women and society. It also calls upon a reexamination of the self in the present time.