Yao Jui Chung

Hell plus, 2018 – 2019
Polaroids, three chanel video, color, sound, 5’ 08“

In this newest photographic project, Yao Jui Chung takes a long time to visit temples all around Taiwan and do a lot of research for Taiwanese traditional faith. “I try to make heaven like hell, and make hell like heaven.” Yao Jui Chung mainly takes the pictures of Taoist statues and statues that mix the feature of Buddhism and Taoism. Instead of the aesthetic sense of typical sculpture, these statues present a unique beauty and value of Taiwanese culture. Yao Jui Chung covers more than hundreds of temples, cemeteries, public gardens and amusement parks. He elaborated the beauty of civic culture by a sense of distance and a concept which is similar to field investigation. Also, in order to highlight the unique Taiwanese interpretation of religious between hell and heaven, he uses Polaroid with wide-angle lenses to create these art works.