888: Portraits in Taiwan presents the adventures of Brenda Zlamany and her ten-year-old Mandarin-speaking daughter, Oona, who serves as her interpreter and fellow “head hunter,” as they travel in Taiwan in search of subjects to paint. Fifteen of the thirty cities, towns, and aboriginal villages that they visited are highlighted in short segments: Hua-lien, Jialan, Dagangkou, Three Stack Village, Lan Yü, Qingquan, Mindoyo Bird Sanctuary, Kao-hsiung, Sandimen, Wutai, Tai-nan, Taipei, Taoyuan, Wu-lai, and Nan-ao. 888: Portraits in Taiwan shows the diversity of the locations and people they encountered. Traditional dance, music, food, and crafts are depicted. The video reveals the artistic process by which Zlamany made her portraits: meeting people, creating bonds with them, producing the portraits with the camera lucida while in homes, in places of business, or on the street. Subjects’ responses to their finished portraits are captured.

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