In the context of postcolonial studies Taiwan’s case is unique, on account of its experience of colonisation by a non-western country: Japan. Taiwan therefore adds different dimensions and complexities to current studies on colonialism in relation to modernity. TrAIN Senior Research Fellow Yuko Kikuchi will discuss the development of the publication and exhibition project ‘Refracted Modernity: Visual Culture and Identity in Colonial Taiwan’.
The lecture will be followed by the UK launch of Refracted Modernity, a collection of essays edited by Kikuchi, recently published by the University of Hawai’i Press.
Refracted Modernity: Visual Culture and Identity in Colonial Taiwan has developed from the international conference ‘Refracted Colonial Modernity in the Art and Design of Taiwan’ (2001: National Museum of History, Taipei). Led by Dr Yuko Kikuchi, TrAIN Senior Research Fellow, the project includes a further eight national and international participants:
Professor Chao-ching [Chaoqing] Fu (National Cheng Kung University), Dr Chia-yu Hu (National Taiwan University), Dr Kaoru Kojima (Jissen Women’s University), Ming-chu [Mingzhu] Lai (Chung-yuan University), Dr Hsin-tien Liao (Taiwan National University of Arts), Dr Naoko Shimazu (Birkbeck College, University of London), Professor Toshio Watanabe (TrAIN), Dr Chuan-ying Yen (Academia Sinica)
The Study of Taiwanese art as an independent disciplinary entity that is separate from Chinese art is a recent phenomenon.
Find out more about Refracted Modernity