Note: Due to COVID-19 measures, the opening date of this exhibition is still to be determined.
Su Hui-Yu presents new work in The Cinema of Séance, his first solo-exhibition in The Netherlands. The work of Su walks a line between history and memory, on a collective, universal level and on a personal, individual level. Recalling a cult-genre of 1980s Taiwanese cinema, the works place the socio-political strife of that era in Taiwan squarely in the present, addressing not only memory, but also the re-imagination of taboos and cultural values from the past into the present.
Su’s works center around Taiwanese history, memory, re-imagination and transgression. The Cinema of Séance engages taboos of the past and the present while exploring the mechanism of oppression and liberation tied to the island country’s cultural values.
Taken together, a few years before martial law imposed by Kuomingtang (known as the Chinese Nationalist Party) lifted in Taiwan in the 1980s, a cult-genre of women’s revenge films emerged, providing an outlet to the era’s desire and the sexual repression under government rule. These productions also signaled the beginning of an immensely transformative period in the country.
Su Hui-Yu examines the borders of bodies, sexuality, along with the entanglement of socio-political conduct and prohibition. The artist paves the way for the possibility of reviewing and supplementing history with his reflective practice, the ”re-shooting” of early Taiwanese experimental films. Using cinematic effects and extreme violence, Su brings these cult-films to life in the works.