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Introduction

Exhibition

Here is where we meet

Curator

Chiayi Art Museum

Duration

2023-06-29 ~ 2023-10-15

Venue

Chiayi Art Museum 1-3F

Address

No.101, Guangning St., West Dist., Chiayi City

Movements alter the perspective in which we see, and dialogues create a scale of understanding. “Creativity in an era of change” is this year’s overarching theme at the Chiayi Art Museum, which reflects on the historical significance in the aftermath of the pandemic and also reflects on how artists of different eras continued with their creative endeavors and made breakthroughs in turbulent times, as they responded to the times using art as an action. This exhibition is in collaboration with the Tianmei Art Foundation, which in the past decade has supported over 50 young Taiwanese artists to participate in the “Taiwan Contemporary Artists Overseas Visit Program,” with opportunities provided for the artists to visit international contemporary art places and to interact with artists at their studios throughout the world. What significance does such a journey hold for the artists’ creative careers? Perhaps there is a reason why these encounters took place. This exhibition references Here Is Where We Meet by English art critic and novelist, John Berger, and alludes to the metaphorical encounters throughout different stages in life; with spiritually intertwined dialogues facilitated without tangible temporal and spatial references, a space where one can encounter and interact with the past and the present is offered. The exhibition invites 20 artists to share the experiences they’ve had with being on the move. Whom did they meet while they were making art? Perhaps, a former self? A version of themselves from tomorrow? Or from a further distant future? In their mobile encounters, they have crossed paths and passed each other by, but the experience of being on the move has added depth to their artworks or allowed them to look back at the past. The “movements” in life and the “transformations” in art-making are then finally seen in the exhibition as “encounters.” The artists have creatively expressed and represented those moments rich with life’s gestures, and more than just encounters with their former selves, dialogues are also prompted between the viewers and the artworks.

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Chiayi Art Museum

Organizer

Chiayi Art Museum

The Chiayi Art Museum is built upon the arts and culture characteristics of Chiayi, City of Paintings. Since the preparation period, it has been rooted in the "Preserving and promoting the value and glory of Chiayi, City of Paintings," "Incorporating creativity of aesthetics, art and culture into daily lives and education," "Enriching content of a cultural city in Chiayi" and diverse art development, shaping its important characteristics as an urban art museum. Therefore, the planning of exhibitions and performances takes into account the art history, content characteristics and city character, and takes the contemporary perspective for professional curation and art and culture activities to showcase the works and creation of past artists from the Japanese colonial period and contemporary artists, crossing the boundary of era, region and forms of works. Contemporary dialectics are brought into exhibitions, collections, research, promotion of education, publications and various events, enabling people to examine, search and understand the past from today's daily life and culture perspectives, and creating new perspectives to re-examine and explore our environmental and social issues.
Tianmei Art Foundation

Organizer

Tianmei Art Foundation

At the start of 2014. several art lovers joined together to realize their common vision and started the Tianmei Art Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to broaden the vision of Taiwan's contemporary artists and to allow them to connect with contemporary art trends around the world. Each of the founders hope to contribute his or her resources to form this foundation and strive to enhance the contemporary art of Taiwan both now and far into the future. The plan in the initial stage of the foundation is to organize annually an overseas trip for Taiwanese artists to visit the contemporary art events around the world just as they happen. Participants can see art, meet artists and even learn from behind the scenes. The Chinese name of the foundation translated literally is sky or heaven (Tian) and beauty (Mei). There is an abundance of beauty under the heaven; Tianmei Art Foundation hopes Taiwan's contemporary art can intersect with it. Our world is broad but our vision is even broader; starting from Taiwan, we can feel the pulse of lands beyond our shores, and from a global perspective, look back to see the endless possibilities for contemporary art in Taiwan. News update: Tianmei Art Foundation's 2022 Taiwan Contemporary Artists Overseas Visit Program -- 8 artists were selected for the 2022 edition of the annual Tianmei Overseas Visit. Led by curator Tsou Ting, the artists traveled to Venice, Kassel and Berlin and completed the trip by September 14, 2022!
Each Modern

Collaborator

Each Modern

Established in Taipei in 2018, Each Modern is a gallery that promotes Asian post-war and contemporary art by enhancing the value of Asian artists, exploring the global influence of Asian artists, while creating new regional and global dialogues. Through its ambitious program, Each Modern strives to present both Asian post-war artists while also promoting emerging contemporary artists. Past important gallery programs include the first Chinese avant-garde artist Li-YuanChia, the iconic “Provoke” photographers Nakahira Takuma and Moriyama Daido, Japanese female photographer Ishiuchi Miyako, New York-based photorealist Hilo Chen, and Taiwanese post-war photographer Teng NanKuang. In presenting these artists, the gallery redefines and reassess their lifelong practices in a contemporary context. Each Modern also represents São Paulo-based artist Lin YiHsuan, photographer Wu MeiChi, Chinese artists Zhao Gang, Xu Jiong, Xu Qu, and key member of Japanese Mono-ha Suga Kishio. As a leader in contemporary art curation, Each Modern has been invited to curate multiple projects and external institution shows, including “Moriyamo Daido: Light Comes Again” at Light Society, Beijing, “Nakahira Takuma” at the Hong Kong International Photography Festival, “Ueda Shoji: Retrospective” at Huashan Creative Park, as well as ”Lin YiHsuan: We are Turtles”, “Zhao Gang 21st Supports/ ColorLumps as Anthropography of History”, and “PROVOKE - Opposing Centrism”at Kundu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei.
Erica Yu-Wen Huang

Curator

Erica Yu-Wen Huang

Huang is an independent curator based in Taipei. Her curatorial research focuses on the hybrid culture, migration history, geopolitics, and the dynamic among nature, human being and environment. Recent curatorial projects include Art Reimagined: Taiwan, Meta (2022),The World is yet to Come, MoCA, Taipei (2021), Post-Anthropocene – 2020 Taiwan Biennial collateral exhibition (co-curated with Andre Chan), Zit-Dim Art Space, Tainan (2020).