Right now I am sitting in a private car owned by the manager of ICYE in Honduras. It is playing English songs in the car; I am all clean and fresh with my seat belt fastened and enjoying the air conditioning. Few minutes ago the manager drove through a couple of streets and ordered some set meals at a drive-through fast food franchise, we were discussing my following itinerary in Argentina.
I volunteered to be here in order to experience something new and different, I once felt proud with esteem as a volunteer, all the other foreign friends that I met and became acquainted in Honduras also came here to volunteer for various reasons through different routes, I was happy to be part of the voluntary team, to say that I am a volunteer and I am from Taiwan.
I’ve been in Miami for almost a week now without any contact address and telephone number, this is the best moment to read the Collected Letters by Rainer Maria Rilke, even though what he is preaching is words and vocabularies, I’d rather think of it as being in Sophie’s World. As if he is giving me lessons across time and space, as if every letter he wrote tells me something about the situations I’m about to encounter.
Influenced by the idea of the “road trip” in American photography, exemplified in the work of such photographers as Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld, the artist sets out to find scenes and situations that seem to be “in between,” neither landscape nor cityscape but existing in an ambiguous space so called “nowhere.”
The unconventional vases are customised for the weeds. The forms are inspired by their different characters, postures, textures, or stories. The materials used are artificial and suggest the living space of human beings. We tried to make the normally ignored and unwelcome weeds become the focal point, living harmoniously in people's interior habitats.
While abandoned houses and ruins are fascinating subjects, the artist goes beyond spectator. Matalon resists the role of spectating recorder, and disturbs the trace of time in these spaces by rearranging objects, alluding to existence and memory in recreating a “still here” presence in these abandoned buildings.
'Since I moved to Taiwan a year ago I found typhoons very intriguing. I've never experienced them while living in Europe (obviously) and all the tv news and stories I heard made them even more mysterious and at the same time exciting for me. So when the first typhoon in the season hit Taiwan this year, I decided to experience it with my camera. - Tom Kondrat
The online bookstore Nitesha curates an art book fair inside Tokyo one of the famous bookstore Tsutaya T-Site. With a range of rare photo books and magazine, as well as publications from Taiwan and China, especially there are titles have just made their first appearance in Japan, Nitesha brings a fresh selection of art books to Japanese readers.