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Through the Walls

Jam Wu

Installation view of JAM WU’s Through the Walls, 2020, four-channel video installation with sound: 40 min 6 sec, dimensions variable, at “Through the Walls,” TKG+, Taipei, 2021. Courtesy the artist and TKG+.

In Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” prisoners are lashed facing a rocky wall, unable to turn or move. There is a fire behind them, and as puppeteers maneuver objects through the light, the prisoners are left to make meaning of the shadows that parade before them. Visitors to Jam Wu’s exhibition “Through the Walls” chased shadows around the gallery of…

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