In the Marble

The Taipei Dome has been plagued by controversy ever since its construction commenced. On May 2015, Taipei City Government issued an order to halt the construction due to public safety concerns. A thorough safety inspection report indicated that the stadium could not cope with an emergency, caused by overbuilding around the dome.

To this day, the whole project has been suspended. Standing inside and contemplating this unfinished structure, a quote from Michelangelo struck my mind: “The statue is already in the marble.” I wonder if the dome was being constructed towards the future or had it been excavated from the past. Inside the concept of time has a very ambiguous status… Isn’t this also what photography has in its nature? “It has been/ça-a-été” and “It will be/cela sera”?

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    Hao Li

    Taipei

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    Hao Li

    Taipei

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    Hao Li

    Taipei

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    Hao Li

    Taipei

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    Hao Li

    Taipei

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    Hao Li

    Taipei

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    Hao Li

    Taipei

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    Hao Li

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    Hao Li

    Taipei

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Hao Li

Introduction

“Il faut qu'il y ait une nécessité, sinon il n'y a rien du tout.” ~ Gilles Deleuze “There must be a necessity, otherwise there’s nothing at all.” ~ Gilles Deleuze

Hao’s work often raises questions about the ways of seeing, and the relation between the innate characters of photography and his subject.

In his award winning project, “Le Mécanisme Répétitif,” he regards photography as a repetitive practice: every single day at the same time, he went back to the same spot in the same train station. With the same framing, he limited himself to one exposure per day, on the exact same piece of film; accumulating day after day, to complete one single multi-exposure photograph. This series of photos explore the boundaries between illusion and reality, by nesting layers of daily scenes within scenes, repeating the differences, and differentiating the repetitions.

Hao is the first Taiwanese photographer to join Global Imaging Ambassadors. With his ongoing project “In the Marble,” he blurs the concept of a usual timeline, and contemplates a halted construction project with an archaeological point of view.

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