Hou Lulu Shur-Tzy, Shang Jiu-ju & Lu Duo 01 From “Episode 1: Here is where we meet (Lizhi New Village)” 2012 ©Lulu Shur-Tzy Hou
Born in Chiayi, Taiwan in 1962. Graduated from the Department of Philosophy at National Taiwan University in 1985. Received a Master of Fine Art degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, U.S.A. in 1992. From 2004 to the present, she has worked as an assistant professor in the Creative Design/Architecture department of the National University of Kaohsiung. From the beginning of her career, she has explored the themes of gender, identity, social class and ethnicity, through such works as Take a picture, it lasts longer (1996), in which she used her own body as a subject to satirize the way of women are looked upon and women’s expected roles, and Labors and Labels (1997), that looks at women working in the spinning mills of Taiwan, etc. In particular, her Border-crossing/Cultural Identities—Song of Asian Foreign Brides in Taiwan (2005, 2008, 2009), which she started in 2004, uses the theme of women from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia who come to Taiwan as mail-order brides. Consisting of photographs and text, this three-part series was shown in a solo exhibition in the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in 2010 and has become recognized as her representative work.
Another series in which she employs her unique ‘double-gaze’ technique of juxtaposing two identical photographs, one being digitally processed and superimposed with the text written by the subject, is A Trilogy on Kaohsiung Military Dependents’ Villages, that she showed to wide acclaim at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in 2017. Her activities are not limited to Taiwan and she has also been invited to participate exhibitions in America, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, etc.
”Villages, soldiers and their families that were at the mercy of history”
Artist profile by curator
Forced to leave again, Taiwan’s ironic moment in history
HOU Lulu Shur-Tzy & KIM Oksun
October 4 (Thu.), 18:00–20:00 [Japanese only]
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum 1F. Studio
(Entrance will be in order of numbered tickets issued upon arrival, all seats unreserved).
Free with numbered ticket.
* Numbered tickets will be issued at the information desk on the 1st floor from 10:00 in the morning of the same day.