LIU Ho Jang
In 2012, I once held a workshop in a sorghum storage in Kinmen. The workshop was hosted for local elementary students, and I taught them to make life-size models of Taiwan Type 57 rifle by mixed sorghum starch (Kaoliang lees).
From the origin of rifles making, Infantry Company examines the relationship between the “historical landscapes” of the past economic developments and the history of the local Kaoliang liquor business. During the Cold War, the empire expanded its network in East Asia through weapon trades arose from the weapon systems.
The Taiwan Type 57 rifle was made from the design of the M14 rifle of the United States, and in this artwork, the 57 rifles are stacked to present weapons in hibernation, symbolizing a war that never happened. These rifles were made by mixed starch of Kaoliang lees and other different plant starches. The value of sorghum has been the deciding factor of the local economy and trades. This work utilizes the "remains" of materials to build a medium of the processes of reproducing an artwork. With the intervention, participation and operation of the workshop, the various historical landscapes made by different trade methods were again connected with these materials.
Born in 1972, Taipei, Taiwan.
Lives and Works in Taipei, Taiwan.
LIU, Ho-Jang’s photographic works and projects concerns more than image making or technology quality. His peculiar artistic practice often reflects the social context and politics behind the surface — may it be an object, a place, or a community, his works shed light on their individualities and differences. By appropriating the relation between the visible and the invisible, he provides an authentic narrative to the social functions and sensibility of art to transform the values of human network into forces that sustains art in its becoming.