What: ‘Ban-Doh@FORMOSA’: A professional exhibition brought to London by a collective of celebrated Taiwanese artists and designers, bringing to life an enriching display of Taiwanese culture.
Where: Candid Arts Trust Gallery (3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ)
When: 12pm – 9pm daily, June 9th – June 13th 2010
Private Viewing: 6pm – 9pm on 9th June 2010 – with cocktails sponsored by Smirnoff Flavoured Vodkas, Ziloufs & Lu’s Teas.

In collaboration with highly acclaimed curators such as Ellie Greig and Jane Trustram (curator and the head of graphic design of jotta) and Rayne Perry (president of the UALTWS Curation Society), ‘Ban-Doh @ FORMOSA’ is a showcase of 40 works by 21 artists, whose creations have produced an eclectic array of 3D and 2D images and designs.

With no pre-determined theme, the exhibition provides great flexibility in allowing artists’ creativity to flourish. The artwork selected consist of a variety of visual arts, illustration, photography, installation, industrial and fashion design.
Feature Artists include:

  • Chao Min-Tzu (Illustrator). She uses modern symbolism to interpret the lives of four generations of Taiwanese women and seeks to understand their life experiences within in a traditional, patriarchal Han society, and to unveil her subjects’ courageous spirit.
  • Johan Ku (Fashion designer). Presents a cross-over creation of sculpture-like woolen art entitled “Emotional Sculpture” which won the avant-garde design category of Gen Art’s Styles International Design Competition in 2009.
  • Mei-Hui Liu (Fashion designer). Creator of the ‘Victim’ designer brand, Mei-Hui Liu has lived in the UK for many years and combines her talents in clothing design with the application of exquisite images, using recycled antique fabrics from the period of 1900 to 1960.
  • Yosifu (Painter). An aboriginal Amis tribe artist, currently living in Edinburgh, Yosifu is known for his bright vibrant style in exploring Taiwan’s history and culture. His most recent work, “Can’t Speak” tells of a promulgated campaign by the Taiwanese government to promote the use of Mandarin and the impact that it had on the native aboriginal speakers.
  • Ling-Ting Kao (Painter). Participant of the London Festival Fringe show and the author of the “Pink Mind” series and “Pink Legend”, Ling-Ting found her inspiration from iconic movies such as “Saturday Night Fever” and “1968 A Space Odyssey”. She describes music as an essential stimulant for her creative vigour and painting as the key to her secret garden.

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