• Viola Cheng and Yvonne Hsiao

    Viola Cheng and Yvonne Hsiao

  • Hsiao-chun Hung with Mike Carson

    Hsiao-chun Hung with Mike Carson

  • Vicki Dunne and Katherine Siao-Yue Chang

    Vicki Dunne and Katherine Siao-Yue Chang

  • Anna Prosser and Sally Barber

    Anna Prosser and Sally Barber

  • Ta-Yan Leong and Yu-Lan Huang

    Ta-Yan Leong and Yu-Lan Huang

  • Richard Neumann and Ian McMahon

    Richard Neumann and Ian McMahon

  • Kate Right and Melissa Conley Tyler

    Kate Right and Melissa Conley Tyler

  • Jessica Lo and Sylvia Huang

    Jessica Lo and Sylvia Huang

  • Chang Yung-chieh's Eternal Treasure Ship, its burning symbolic of a journey across a galaxy to the Heavenly Palace

    Chang Yung-chieh's Eternal Treasure Ship, its burning symbolic of a journey across a galaxy to the Heavenly Palace

  • Chang Yung-chieh's 'The King's Messenger' for the burning of the Eternal Treasure Ship

    Chang Yung-chieh's 'The King's Messenger' for the burning of the Eternal Treasure Ship

A Narrative of Light and Shadow from Taiwan

26 June 2014

A Narrative of Light and Shadow is currently being exhibited at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre and I wonder what darling Theo, Poppa Notaras to locals who would catch him at his regular Civic haunts in his later years, would say of the photographs from Taiwan, an island as far away as he could imagine from his own island home in Greece that he left at 14 to come to Australia. 

The photographs are on show in the space at the centre that seems to be the thoroughfare for comings and goings of many diverse organisations, multicultural events and is the engine room of a bureaucratic aspect of our city’s multicultural life.

Opening the exhibition was Representative Katharine Siao-Yue Chang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office with her staff of (predominately) Taiwanese ladies whose hospitality is legendary and who communicate with aplomb a sensitivity to the diplomacy of our relations with Taiwan and China with intelligence and forward thinking ideas and attitudes.

The exhibition’s narrative is of calm and tranquil, fierce and destructive and a perspective of motherhood that is far from the usual stereotypical representation. The photographs are wide ranging in style and perspective and expose the Taiwan we should all have the chance to experience not the least of which is my court jester, the King’s Messenger, in a silly hat and fun face painting holding court as the official MC for the burning of the Eternal Treasure Ship, a conflagration of extremes by photographer Chang Yung-chieh, just one of this female photographers only exhibition, with not a selfie in sight

Make time to visit upstairs at the centre in the North Building in Civic as its on until 24 July.