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IWPA_photo  OPEN CALL & TRAVELING EXHIBITION [ International Women Photographers Award 2018 ] Open to all women photographers from all nations

Motels in Taiwan have sprung up everywhere in recent years, which, apart from providing business- or leisure-style accommodation, are trying to satisfy a wider range of consumer groups and stimulate visual senses. New-style motels even foster crazy developments, devising various movie themes such as urban parks, heroic adventures, exoticism, etc. creating all possibilities to produce exaggerated and dazzling flavors with a large number of spaces and a wide range of interior designs. It’s really astounding and stunning. When people are embedded in this kind of space-filled imagination, are they accepting it as supply and demand? Or is it projecting the poverty of life in nature? Or is it directing a game of taboos that violates social norms? The space, being mysterious and full of fantasy, directs your senses of emotion and stirs unlimited desire deep inside human mind.#taiwan🇹🇼 @susania_chen

Motels in Taiwan have sprung up everywhere in recent years, which, apart from providing business- or leisure-style accommodation, are trying to satisfy a wider range of consumer groups and stimulate visual senses. New-style motels even foster crazy developments, devising various movie themes such as urban parks, heroic adventures, exoticism, etc. creating all possibilities to produce exaggerated and dazzling flavors with a large number of spaces and a wide range of interior designs. It’s really astounding and stunning. When people are embedded in this kind of space-filled imagination, are they accepting it as supply and demand? Or is it projecting the poverty of life in nature? Or is it directing a game of taboos that violates social norms? The space, being mysterious and full of fantasy, directs your senses of emotion and stirs unlimited desire deep inside human mind.#taiwan🇹🇼 @susania_chen

Motels in Taiwan have sprung up everywhere in recent years, which, apart from providing business- or leisure-style accommodation, are trying to satisfy a wider range of consumer groups and stimulate visual senses. New-style motels even foster crazy developments, devising various movie themes such as urban parks, heroic adventures, exoticism, etc. creating all possibilities to produce exaggerated and dazzling flavors with a large number of spaces and a wide range of interior designs. It’s really astounding and stunning. When people are embedded in this kind of space-filled imagination, are they accepting it as supply and demand? Or is it projecting the poverty of life in nature? Or is it directing a game of taboos that violates social norms? The space, being mysterious and full of fantasy, directs your senses of emotion and stirs unlimited desire deep inside human mind.#taiwan🇹🇼 @susania_chen

This is one of the "After" series of works. This is one of the motel room types (primary school classrooms), with a slogan of “Etiquette, Righteousness, Honesty, Shame” on the headboard wall. It is a satirical humor.#taiwan🇹🇼 @susania_chen

“After “was created from 2012 to 2018 and its primary content involves the condition of Taiwanese motel rooms after the occupants have left. Having myself undergone a painful experience, and working from a female point of view, I used my camera to ‘reread’ the interrelated interpretations of these motels’ gendered codes, patriarchal holdovers, obsessions with heroism, wealth games, and other symbolism, as well as the relevance of direct onsite observation to photography. I was inspired by what I found and taking these photographs simultaneously helped me to heal myself. I used the psychological challenge of imposing myself into these spaces in order to do creative work, along with the aesthetic transformations inherent in image-making, to analyze the unique spatial culture of Taiwan’s motels. Particularly when guests have just left a room, these spaces exhibit peculiar and surreal characteristics, like residual marks, lingering odors, leftover food, and rumpled beds. This all invites individual creativity, transforming the act of viewing into a photographic practice.
#taiwan🇹🇼 @susania_chen

Meet IWPA finalists 2018 ✨
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IWPA Instagram account take over by the IWPA finalists 2018 !
The talented photographers will share their photographs, series or just their mood of the day !
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#oneweekonephotographer
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Next photographer who will take over IWPA account is talented photographer Shu-Chen Chen, who was awarded with her series "After" @susania_chen .

Shu-Chen Chen was born in Pingtung, Taiwan, in 1965. She entered the MFA program of National Taiwan University of Arts as the top candidate through the recommendation-selection program.
Presently Shu-Chen works as a teaching assistant in the Fine Arts department. Her works involve photography, and the combination of different media, exploring the heterogeneous spaces including "After" 2010-2015,"Shoot" 2010-2013, and "Proposal to the Public Artwork in Southern Taiwan Science Park " 2014. She earned several national photography and multi-media awards. She was invited to exhibit her works in the 5th Singapore International Photography Festival, Suwon International Photo Festival, F/28 The Chiang Mai Month of Photography, and Photonic Moments 2016 at Slovenia. She is the founder of U-Design Corp and currently works as a multi-media artist. She lives & works in new #Tapei city in #Taiwan. .
Shu-Chen Chen will in the coming days tell you more about her approach and share her#photographs.
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Le parloir_ The visiting room
#Maison d’arrêt #JailHouse #Avignon #France #estellelagarde #photographies #femmesphotographes #prison #women #photography #festivalphoto #alliancefracaise #institutfrancais #mep #arles
Something will happen here. I will come back.
I get out of the gate and feel a little stunned back to the city.
It is like the end of a movie. Back to real life.

Quartier des femmes_ Women’s quarter
#Maison d’arrêt #JailHouse #Avignon #France #estellelagarde #photography #femmesphotographes #women #photography #festivalphotographie #alliancefrancaise #iwpa #prison #enfermement #institutfrancais #cellule
Claustrophobia’s feeling invades me. Nothing from outside can be seen. I remember the feeling of a dark threating sky when in the fifth courtyard-box. My body seems too tight. I never felt this before.So if even the sky is not possible to see with eyes from those courtyards, because of the way prison is built, is there still a way for the soul to escape? If I were a prisoner, I would prefer to stay in my cell. But would I support to remain locked for days, months, and years? I don’t have the answer.

Lapromenade #Thewalk #Maisondarrêt #JailHouse #Avignon #France #estellelagarde #photography #woman #architecture #prison #femme #cellules #liberte #emprisonnement #art #iwpa #alliancefrancaise #antidote #institutfrancais
I go in the courtyards devoted to promenade. Promenade: what a poetic word faced to what I see here. These courtyards seem to be hardly bigger than cells. Hundreds of darks socks are hanging form the above barbed wires, filled of things one cannot know. They are there like old figs, dried and darkened by times, dirty witnesses of missed exchanges between prisoners.

Matricule R-00013# Serial number R-00013# estelle_lagarde_photographies#
Maison d’arrêt# Jail House# Avignon# France - I still wonder why I come in such places. Alone. What I am looking for there? Fascination. A few minutes pass. All what happened here during all these years, I can’t help from thinking of it, and I feel a very deep solitude, a strong crowding mixed with a deaf violence.

Quartierlibre# Nightoff# Maison d’arrêt# JailHouse# Avignon# France# estellelagarde# photography# estellelagarde.com
I enter the hall, the former hall, and then a railing. From the hall, there are three corridors. Nothing pleasant. They seem to end in a cold and wet twilight.

La veilleuse# The night watchwoman# estellelagarde# photography# Maison d’arrêt# Jail House# Avignon# France
The first meeting is often the most determining. It is the same with other spaces. It’s here indeed where everything takes place: smells, sounds, colours, lights. An atmosphere. A world.

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