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POSTSADNESS TAIPEI

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Taiwan has achieved a remarkable, peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy since the lift of martial law in 1987. At the same time, after the 1990s, the greater Taipei area began to emerge as a node in the global urban network. Societal modernization and rapid urbanization shaped the face of Taiwan´s capital city, resulting in a rather complex urban environment that shows a close proximity between the modern and the traditional.

Today, Taipei is one of Asia´s most cosmopolitan, progressive and open-minded places, but the city is facing old and new challenges: Political legacies from the White Terror era, a growing social inequality, and the unresolved cross-strait conflict which threatens the city´s liberal atmosphere, as well as the democratic rights of its citizens.

„Postsadness Taipei“ is a documentary project using photography along with text to capture Taipei´s ongoing change in between an authoritarian past and an uncertain future. It explores how modernization and the dichotomies of social change are reflected in the everyday life and urban fabric of contemporary Taipei.