Where am I?
Surreal Travel - The Butterfly Dream
June 15, 2022 - September 15, 2022
"The meaning of spiritual travel lies in mentally traveling anywhere without physical limitations. This is an activity to throw off the shackles of reality and release the imagination. In this series of work, I try to break the boundaries of reality and make a transcendence journey between city and nature, day and night, reality and illusion. There are some details that we usually take for granted and are easy to ignore.
Some of the work obligate the viewer to face these cognition-shattering details and rediscover the gap between reality and imagination.
It's just like the ancient Chinese fable, The Butterfly Dream.
“Once, Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering about, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know that he was Zhuang Zhou. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuang Zhou. But he didn't know if he was Zhuang Zhou who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming that he was Zhuang Zhou. Between Zhuang Zhou and the butterfly, there must be some distinction.”--《wiki莊周夢蝶》
Which one is the reality? Which one is the illusion? We really can't tell which is which. How much do we know about the real world? People get to know the world through body senses, but the diversity and pluralism of the world far exceed the range that the senses can receive.
Through this series of photos, viewers may reconsider the nature of reality."
- Wen-Han Chang, June 2022