THE FACTORY OF IDENTITY
Chen Jhen

This is a sub-project of Chen’s graduation project, The Island of Strangers, in which the goal is to visualize the national identity of the Taiwanese people over the past hundred years. According to Louis Althusser, the apparatus of the state reinforces the rule of the dominant class primarily through ideology, to churches, schools, families, and so on. In other words, schools are like a factory to produce ideal citizens who adhere to the government’s convictions and standards. The project is based on a collection of a hundred graduation group photos, taken between 1915 and 2015. Reading through this book photo by photo will help readers to understand the changes of Taiwanese politics and society.


Assignment  Visual library for the thesis
Tutor(s)  Jannetje in ‘t Veld, Toon Koehorst
First year project, 2015
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