Taiwanese artist Fan Chengzong has been focusing on traditional handicraft culture. For the large-scale installation at the Hsinchu National Library, his theme is "Chinese binding," a time-honored method of book binding. When the idea becomes text, the text lands on paper, which is tied together with a string and assembled into a book. Fan turned this binding process from an airplane into a three-dimensional bending unit (more than 1,000 pieces), and then he combined the space of the library to create a huge installation that resembles a huge wave facing a person.
At the end of the exhibition, the work will be carefully broken down into thousands of books. Fan will digitally print sketches and drawings of the work on the cover by hand. These books will leave buildings with people, everywhere. People write their own stories in books, as if there were a hundred years of reincarnation history here. Reading is like an ocean, it is boundless, we are like on a boat, through the reality and fiction in the sea of wandering, between different identities and the world.
Sergey Makhno | Viter House