The Apocalypse of Mary Magdalene

PhotographerJUNG-CHAN LIAO
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyTAIWAN
City/CountryHualien County, Taiwan
Photo Date2014.2.14
Story

This series is inspired by the allusion of "Mary Magdalene" from Bible. It symbolizes the transition of female roles in our history (from the images of "abandoned, fallen or fatal" to "neutral, respectable, or spiritual"). It could also indicate the struggle of the collective human's souls, in the endless seesaw battles between "Humanity and Beastliness", "Goodness and Evil" and "Moral and Degeneration". Unlike God, human beings are afflicted by many weaknesses. We often err and are driven by instinctive impulse and desires. Our souls are confined and held back by our bodies, unable to attain true freedom. On the other hand, unlike animals, we are also endowed with rationality and spirituality, the "Divinity" shared by God, allowing us to transcend the shackles of our physicality and liberalize us to the state of more divine existence.

Entry Description

This series is inspired by the allusion of "Mary Magdalene" from Bible. It symbolizes the transition of female roles in our history (from the images of "abandoned, fallen or fatal" to "neutral, respectable, or spiritual"). It could also indicate the struggle of the collective human's souls, in the endless seesaw battles between "Humanity and Beastliness", "Goodness and Evil" and "Moral and Degeneration".

Story

This series is inspired by the allusion of "Mary Magdalene" from Bible. It symbolizes the transition of female roles in our history (from the images of "abandoned, fallen or fatal" to "neutral, respectable, or spiritual"). It could also indicate the struggle of the collective human's souls, in the endless seesaw battles between "Humanity and Beastliness", "Goodness and Evil" and "Moral and Degeneration". Unlike God, human beings are afflicted by many weaknesses. We often err and are driven by instinctive impulse and desires. Our souls are confined and held back by our bodies, unable to attain true freedom. On the other hand, unlike animals, we are also endowed with rationality and spirituality, the "Divinity" shared by God, allowing us to transcend the shackles of our physicality and liberalize us to the state of more divine existence.

About Photographer

I come from Taiwan. I received my master degree from Taipei National University of the Arts (TUNA), Taiwan. I am teaching visual arts in universities and colleges. As a digital visual artist, I create images that extract the most exquisite elements deep inside my heart, my mind and my soul. My art works reflect my senses of aesthetics and views of philosophy, rather than only record the explicitly observable phenomenal world. That is to say: "I feel, I think, so I create." Most of the time, I rely on my instincts for creation. I intend to catch the evanescent moments and depict the essence of eternity from transience through photography. Besides the characters of impromptu delights, my digital art works are unbounded by existing forms and structure, and freely blend of western and oriental cultural elements. Some of them are endowed with metaphysical poetry.