Color 4K UHD video, with sound/ 79 min., 32 sec./ 2016
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection
Adopting a documentary style, Taxi presents conversations between artist Chia-En Jao and Taipei taxi drivers while en route to historically contested places. These include destinations such as the Grand Hotel, the site of the highest-ranking Shinto shrine during Japanese colonial rule. Recorded from the back passenger seat, the discussions mender through memories of Taiwan’s decades-long martial law - which followed the Japanese occupation that ended in 1945 - the Cold War, and present-day social-political topics. The different narratives that emerge challenge any predefined understanding of the city’s landmarks.
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