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A Haiga is a form of Chinese, and later Japanese, art, in which painted images and calligraphically written poetry are combined into a single artwork. This contemporary Haiga is an outcome of research undertaken into Chinese and Japanese aesthetic principles and traditions of representation, and explores the possibilities of East – West cultural exchange. The photographs were taken with a Holga toy camera, on Kodak 120 T-Max film and developed in Ilford DDX. They were taken as part of a visual diary documenting and responding to the various cultures I encountered on journeys across the Far East, in the context of globalisation. The poem was written several years later in response to the images. Its structure is based on Japanese “Haiku” poetry in which a set number of “On” (phonetic units) are used. In Western languages, this poetic form is generally translated into three-lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively. The work deals with the experience of the city (Taipei in this case) in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

Roland Buckingham-Hsiao (2009 – 2017). City’s Edge (Haiga No.3). Original artwork from an edition of 125 photographic prints. 19.5 x 7.5cm. Mixed Media on Rag Paper.

 

This work was first published as part of the Basil ~ October 2017 Issue, of the Coldnoon journal.

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Roland Buckingham-Hsiao.

Roland Buckingham-Hsiao.

Roland Buckingham-Hsiao is an artist and researcher based in the UK and Taiwan. His work investigates the boundaries of language – text/image, text/body and text/object relations – often via East-West cultural exchange. His creative practice is interdisciplinary but revolves around photography, calligraphy and poetry. He studied Art at Universities in Canterbury, Belfast and London, U.K. and Mandarin and Chinese calligraphy at University in Taichung, Taiwan. He has exhibited artworks at many museums and galleries around the world including Tate Britain in London, UK, and is currently engaged in practice-based doctoral research at the University of Sunderland, UK.

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