POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014

The worldwide fascination with murals expanded this month to Taiwan for the first exhibit of Pow! Wow! Taiwan! from organizers of the very similarly sounding festival in Hawaii. Actually, looking at the location names, there could be an anagram in there somewhere…

Truthfully, the first season edition of Pow! Wow! was in Hong Kong in the late 2000s before it migrated to Hawaii for four years, so when Jasper Wong and crew decided to go back to Asia for this new festival it was not uncommon territory – and they’ve made a number of great connections with artist in the interim. In between thunderstorms and the international roster hit up places like Tungnan University, Songshan Cultural Park, and the Taipei Zoo.

Visiting artists included James Jean, Aaron De La Cruz, INSA, Madsteez, Apex, Rone, Sheryo, Yok, Woes, Skewville and Brendan Monroe. Some of them were paired with or painted alongside the host talents like Reach, Mr. Ogay, Colasa Seazk, Saym Dabs, and Bobo.

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Seazk POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Reach)

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Seazk at work. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Kendar Chen)

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Woes Martin and The Yok. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Bana Chen)

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Kristin Farr at work. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Kendar Chen)

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Kristin Farr. Detail. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Pow! Wow! Taiwan 2014)

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Reach at work. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Bana Chen)

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Apex. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Bana Chen)

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Apex. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Reach)

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Xue at work. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Bana Chen)

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Smoky at work. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Bana Chen)

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Smoky. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Pow! Wow! Taiwan 2014)

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Debe at work. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Kendar Chen)

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Will Barras at work. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Kendar Chen)

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Mr. Ogay at work. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Bana Chen)

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James Jean at work. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Kendar Chen)

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Chou Yi at work. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Kendar Chen)

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Group photo of the participating artists. POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014. (Photo © Kendar Chen)

 

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