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Traders of the Visible

Mixed materials, DVD

2009

The inspiration comes from the traditional Chinese threebuildings in one courtyard style architecture, with the central building being the most prestigious and the left and right extend out to form protective wings. This architectural style is connected to a particular traditional Chinese carry device ‘bian-dan’ (Mandarin) or ‘pikul’ (Bahasa Indonesia) which consists of a pole strapped across a person’s shoulder, with goods hung on both ends. For many centuries trade, religion and knowledge have been the forces that lead people to travel around the world. This work was created for Bo-Pi Liao, an old area in Taipei, to reflect close ties with traders and religious beliefs in its prosperous past.