The Daughter of a Taoist

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
November 15 – December 20, 1991

Exhibition view: The Daughter of a Taoist, Esther Schipper, Cologne, 1991

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

Exhibition view: The Daughter of a Taoist, Esther Schipper, Cologne, 1991

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

The Daughter of a Taoist: Indices I, 1991

Rice mat with green line, plastic box: photographs, red envelopes, playing cards, paper box, Chinese coins, porcelain plates, porcelain spoon, plastic cup, gold-plated character, small stick with toy snake, white plastic pipe, paper trivets, wooden building blocks, playing schedule, wooden framed mirror, clay mask, colored lantern, electrical lantern

Approx. 200 x 175 cm


Photo © Lothar Schnepf

The Daughter of a Taoist: Indices I, 1991 (detail)

Rice mat with green line, plastic box: photographs, red envelopes, playing cards, paper box, Chinese coins, porcelain plates, porcelain spoon, plastic cup, gold-plated character, small stick with toy snake, white plastic pipe, paper trivets, wooden building blocks, playing schedule, wooden framed mirror, clay mask, colored lantern, electrical lantern

Approx. 200 x 175 cm


Photo © Lothar Schnepf

The Daughter of a Taoist: The Dollhouse, 1991
Rice mat, 181,5 x 60,5 cm; white lacquered wooden dollhouse, 39,5 x 60 x 29 cm; red paper web, 78 x 108 cm; porcelain plate, diam. 26,5 cm; porcelain figures, approx. 12 cm high; color photographs, 17 x 26 cm; black-and-white photographs, 17 x 26 cm; banana

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

The Daugher of a Taoist: The Chinese Cabinet, 1991
Framed color photographs, 32 x 22 cm; postcards; paper web, 78 x 20,5 cm

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

The Daughter of a Taoist: a Diverse Aesthetic, 1991
Framed black-and-white photographs, 17 x 22 cm; framed color photograph, 17 x 22 cm; framed black-and-white photograph, 57 x 42 cm; mirror with wooden octagonal frame, diam. 15 cm; 1 paper Web, 78,5 x 108,5 cm

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

The Daughter of a Taoist: The Daughter of a Taoist, 1991
24 strips of red paper, 78,5 x 108,5 cm each; framed black-and-white photograph; framed color photograph; wooden children’s chair

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

Original exhibition invitation (recto) 

The Daughter of a Taoist

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
November 15 – December 20, 1991
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The Daughter of a Taoist is based on Esther Schipper's childhood. Born and brought up in Taiwan, she left at the age of seven. As starting material (clues again!): around 20 photos taken from the family archives. This particular piece superimposed two experiences, hers (through the pictures) and my own research (through finding objects, paper, text...) in different Chinatowns, by reading books...to reconstruct a story influenced by the color red.

 

– Dominque Gonzalez-Foerster

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