“Antwerpen Centraal Station” is a picture from Matt Liao’s collection.
The transport cabin takes groups of travelers to different areas in the world. The parable of Plato’s Cave is used to explore the relationship between people of different backgrounds and behaviors, who find themselves in the same space. The artist stands apart from the crowd, taking in the scene from a distance. He watches the scene as if watching shadows projected onto a wall at the back of a cave. The travelers seem to think they come to the place to take pictures to capture the spirit of a place for their memories. Are these images illusions or real? The geometry of the windows. The linearity of the dock. Waiting passengers. A photo shot, at any time on any day. Yet, the contrast of architectural geometries with the variety of human figures plays an essential role. It gives the photo a very special essence. A way of seeing the world of travelers, even in those environments, where many do not linger, considering them wrongly too common. Here is the artist who knows how to grasp the particularity in the municipality.