Artist Projects


Norbert Shieh

Preserves is a hybrid narrative/documentary that observes the process of making “suan tsai” (a pickled mustard green that is a side ingredient to PreservesTaiwanese culinary dishes) and the individuals whose lives revolve around its production. Taking place in Central and Southern Taiwan, the film will combine observational documentary elements and narrative re-enactments to explore the growing conflicts over the scarcity of land on the island between agricultural, industrial and housing interests. With the trend in Taiwan to repurpose its farmlands for other uses, Preserves captures a way of life that is quickly transitioning and draws awareness to changes that modernization brings to culture through the viewpoint of food.

Project Updates

  • 2013: Preserves  was accepted into this year’s CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum