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Painted Identity of a Homeland


Chiayi Art Museum


2023-11-01 ~ 2024-01-14


Chiayi Art Museum 1-3F


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

Painted Identity of a Homeland From the Qing Dynasty, Japanese colonial period to the Republic of China (R.O.C.) government, the development of art in Taiwan over the past century has been as diverse and varied as the multiple colonial experiences it has undergone. Regardless of whether they were dispersed by study, work, business, defense, or war, artists have traveled to and from different borders, and the migration, contact, integration, and conflict that resulted from these cross-border experiences have become inevitable. The exhibition is titled "Painted Identity of a Homeland", which sets Chiayi as a spatial focal point and explores the issues of artistic mobility and cross-cultural interactions between artists from Taiwan and China during the period of Japanese colonial period and the post-war period. Meanwhile, it analyzes how the artworks highlight the ambiguous identities of "homeland" and "foreign land" in the blurring and overlapping of identities in time and space, and what kind of mixed national identities are presented. The exhibition includes two major categories: (1) Taiwanese painters from Chiayi who went to China during the Japanese colonial period, and (2) Chinese painters from various provinces who crossed the sea and settled in Taiwan after the war and worked in Chiayi. It also involves (3) A few Chinese painters who immigrated to Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period or came to Taiwan for travel and art exchange. When living in Chiayi, this “homeland” or “foreign land”; the complicated interpersonal networks are also formed between host and guest/ insider and outsider. These people were teachers and government employees, or they made efforts to creative works and promoted art education activities, making huge contributions to Chiayi. Through communication, group consciousness was formed, maintaining one's own cultural attributes or expanding ethnic connections, highlighting complex identity characteristics of different eras, generations, regions or origins, forming a phenomenon of interaction and correspondence in style and spirituality. Based on the relationships and interactions between different groups, the exhibition features six sub-themes: "The Other Land of The Shore", "Transgressing the Boundaries of Time and Space", "Images of Residence", "Typical Culture", "Inherited Art of Ink Painting and Calligraphy"and "Elegant Assembly and Social Art", displayed by comparing each other through multiple viewpoints.Through the connection of cultural theories at different stages from colonial, post-colonial to trans-colonial periods, this exhibition examines the diverse aspects of the development of art in Chiayi from the Japanese-occupied period to before and after the lifting of martial law and analyzes the contemporary significance of migration, mobility and the intersection of space and time in the artworks of different groups. At the same time, under the special political situation, the exhibition expresses what kind of cultural negotiations are entangled between the nation, homeland, group self and a place, what kind of conflicts and media are used to reconcile the contradictions and differences between Taiwan, Japan, China and the West, and then finds the answer of the reconstruction of self-image and self-identity.

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Chiayi Art Museum


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.