Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei (MoCA Taipei) presents “The Trio Hall,” a solo exhibition by Taiwanese media artist Su Hui-Yu (b. 1976), on view through July 16. ‘The Trio Hall (2023),’ of the same name, is a multimedia installation and film production project conceived specifically for the institution. Temporarily made into a broadcasting set, the exhibition space operates as a filming and editing studio during the exhibition, allowing visitors to experience the television production process and set.
The artist has utilized mass media to critically approach collective and private memory, ideology, and history. The exhibition originated from the Taiwanese television program from the late 1970s, ‘Xan Ting (三廳, Three Halls),’ which had its sets in three different locations: a living room, a restaurant, and a disco club. The show was very popular, and the artist believes that the popularity reflected the subconscious desire for escapism and rebellion during the Taiwanese martial law era (1949-1987). He attempts to access and reconstruct the past through set-like exhibition spaces and humorous narratives.
The contemporary art gallery Rossi & Rossi started in London in 1985. In its Hong Kong branch that opened in 2017, the gallery has presented Italian contemporary artists such as Aldo Mondino, Giorgio Morandi, Vittoria Chierici, and Massimo Antonaci. Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong presents “Petits Rats (Little rats),” a solo exhibition by Italian photographer Elisa Sighicelli (b. 1968), through June 4.
‘Little rats’ was a 19th-century French term for young ballerinas training for the Paris Opera stage. French painter and sculptor Edgar Degas (1834-1917) captured the dancers in numerous paintings and sculptures. Degas’s seventy-three bronze sculptures were on view at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) in 2020, and Sighicelli photographed them after the show when they were still labeled and stored in a warehouse.
Sighicelli has been photographing sculptures since 2018. Although the work captures the static sculptures, the artist’s lighting and photographic effects give the impression of capturing the dancers in motion. The materiality of the bronze shimmering in the light invites the viewer to imagine the plasticity of the body.