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Celebrated Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang discovers painting

Auteur of loneliness reckons with the isolation of COVID-19

To cope with mood swings and anxiety exacerbated by COVID, Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang has turned to his self-taught hobby of painting: 'I don't think of loneliness as something negative.' (Photo courtesy of Tsai Ming-liang)

TAIPEI -- Tsai Ming-lian, one of Taiwan's most celebrated film directors, lives in "renovated ruins" in the hills of Taipei surrounded by abandoned houses.

The outskirts of the capital city are full of these kinds of buildings, where hikers can still find old furniture, light fixtures, and even wall hangings left behind by past inhabitants. They can be difficult to date, such is the speed of decay in the island's subtropical climate.

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