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The Analysis of Sexual Representation on Taiwanese Folk Art

The Analysis of Sexual Representation on Taiwanese Folk Art

This article focuses on the sexual representation of Taiwanese folk art, which consists of four major parts as follows.
Background: there are many forms of folk art including painting, sculpture, weaving and ceramics. The content and context of folk art represents local cultural value, the representation of sex is more explicit, not obscure, and directly depict out sexual behaviors, male and female genitalia, with the title of work named with sexual slangs, however these works are unrecognized in mainstream art market.

Method: the objects are original, created by Taiwanese folk artists Chen Chao-He, Hong Qing-Ke, Huang Shun-Nan, Chen Men-Heng, who have held or been selected in exhibitions of sexual topics.

Result: the analysis of the sexual representation point out three distinguished features:
(a) the specific themes of sexual slangs and sexual function in local culture,
(b) the cultural values of marriage and fertility, and
(c) the depiction of sex workers and old veterans.

Conclusions: The definition of Taiwanese Chun-Gong (pornographic pictures) is not systematically studied, and folk art constructs the cultural meaning of sexual health, there are still few topics concerning female sexual awareness, most of them are phallus centered, male artists concentrated on male sexual function and sexual behaviors, however the only female artist in this article focused on the pornofied and erotic culture in male world, she recreated religious ceremony with erotic imagination. In the future, if more local folk artists create more sexual-related works, the vertical and horizontal expansion of cultural interpretation in sexual health will be fulfilled with diversity.

Speakers: Wan-Jin Lin
Areas of Interest / Categories: Asia Oceania Federation of Sexology 2016

Asia Oceania Federation of Sexology 2016

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