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The Chain
The Chain
by Chien-Chi Chang
The Chain is an unnerving series of portraits taken at a mental-care institution in southern Taiwan, where 700 patients live together. At the institution, pairs of patients are yoked like prisoners in a chain gang as they work, eat, shower, even go to the bathroom, released only when it is time to sleep. Despite harsh criticism of the temple's methods, the Taiwanese government seems to have turned a blind eye to the situation.
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