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6 Must-See Works At Asia's First LGBTQ Art Exhibition

6 Must-See Works At Asia's First LGBTQ Art Exhibition
By Isabel Wong
August 22, 2017
First look at Spectrosynthesis at MOCA Taipei

After fighting for LGBTQ rights for 30 years, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and is about become the first country in the region to host a LGBTQ-themed art show.

Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now will be held at MOCA Taipei this fall with discussion sessions and guided tours happening at the same time. The groundbreaking show will be the first exhibition dedicated to LGBTQ issues to go on show at an art museum in Asia. The works featured tell of 50 years of LGBTQ development in history and they all come together to deliver one single theme: 'the spectrum of light', a nod to the rainbow, an LGBTQ symbol.  Here are six out of the many artworks from the show to look forward to:

Samson Young: Muted Situation #5: Muted ChorusSamson Young – Muted Situation #5 Muted Chorus – 2016 – H-R image 03.jpg (original size)

Photo: Courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery

Presented by Hong Kong sound artist and Generation T 2017 lister Samson Young, this video work will present a stage performance of a choral composition without projecting the musical notes. As a result, other sounds will be revealed, such as the inhale of the singers, the sound that their bodies make, and the rattling of the music scores. Another similar work of Young was on view at the Venice Biennale 2017.

Wang Jun-Jieh: Passion《激情》專輯-1.jpg (original size)

Photo: Courtesy of Wang Jun-Jieh

Being one of the pioneers in digital art, Taiwanese artist Wang Jun-Jieh will debut his latest video installation at the show. The video is set at a pier with an astronaut being the outsider observing a few sailors fighting each other for some valuable treasure. Inspired by German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Querelle, Wang explores the relationship between sensual and emotional passion through his latest work. 

Tzeng Yi-Hsin: Olympia
奧林匹亞Olympia  Photography Printing, Frame 110x152cm 2014.jpg (original size)

Photo: Courtesy of Tzeng Yi-Hsin

Taiwanese artist Tzeng Yi-Hsin is known for her combination of images and ready-mades. The work ‘Olympia’ is from her ‘Master Painting’ series, in which participants are invited to incorporate their ideas into the original composition and background setting of some famous Western paintings.

Hou Ching-Ming: Man Hole
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Photo: Courtesy of Hou Chun Ming Studio

13 pairs of paintings from Taiwanese artist Hou Chun-ming’s “Man Hole” collection were results from a series of interviews Hou has been conducting since 2014. The series represents and reveals people’s memories, desires, secrets, losses and explorations. Hou has been producing LGBTQ related artworks since 1992 and he hopes he will be able to explore deeper emotions through the “Man Hole” series.

 Tseng Kwong-Chi: San Francisco, California (Golden Gate Bridge)
resized_Tseng Kwong Chi_San Francisco, California (Golden Gate Bridge)_1979.jpg (original size)

Photo: Courtesy of Ben Brown Gallery

The prints are selected from the Hong Kong-born American photographer Tseng Kwong-Chi’s ‘East Meets West’ series. Tseng repeats his almost identical posture to craft a series of distinctive images, portraying a cultural mission and a social adventure conducted by a Chinese man in the Western world.

 Xiyadie: Sew
xiyadie-sew.jpg (original size)

Photo: Courtesy of Xiyadie 

Chinese artist Xiyadie learnt the traditional Chinese art of paper cutting from his mother. His works unveil a world of struggle, sexual desire and intimate stories after years of homosexuals being seriously oppressed during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Spectrosynthesis - Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now will be the first LGBTQ themed exhibition in Asia with 50 works by 22 artists featured. It runs from September 9 to November 5 at MOCA Taipei. For more information, visit

(See also: View These Amazing Works By Chinese Artist Zhan Wang)


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