Jogja National Museum
6 October – 14 November 2021, 10:00 – 18:00 WIB
The invisible power span across the entire planet, and thus affect the continental waterbody. It has threads of connection with the mysterious cosmos which outside the planet. The Austronesian people take the outrigger canoe, using ocean surface currents to explore the wider world. That is, the part of Austronesian cultural features. Under the concept of “Pan”, we tried to break ideology and loose the framework of mainstream culture. Compared to mainstream cultures of modernism, the concepts of “Austro” and “Nesian” enjoy relative “openness,” conveying “fluidity” and “dissociation”.
“Pan-Austro-Nesian” embodies broader perspectives and possibilities of the past Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts’ focus on indigenous culture. It departs from solely focusing on Austronesian cultures and also challenges the public to become more flexible in interpreting the world from perspectives other than the dominant western narrative. What we care about is how contemporary ideas may mingle and intersect with memories, beliefs and traditions of the local land, including the use of ocean as a metaphor to create linkages and foster communications. Taking a southern perspective that reflects upon linearity and centralization, we attempt to build new paradigms that are no longer dominated by modern consumption and industrial civilization. Meanwhile, we pay close attention to the encounters, contacts and conflicts of different scenarios and possibilities, as well as the exchanges of pluralistic cultures.
The Bilik Taiwan present the works of Rahic Talif, ChihChung Chang, and C&G Art Group (Chieh-Sen Chiu & Margot Gullemot).
Bilik Taiwan is a joint program with The National Culture and Art Foundation, Taiwan and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art.
B. 1986, Taiwan. M.F.A. in National Taiwan Normal University. Lives and works in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Chang’s works have won first prize of the Kaohsiung Awards, were selected in Taoyuan International Art Award, Taipei Art Awards and nominated for Taishin Arts Award, have been presented in the National Art Exhibition, and are part of the collection in the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Art Bank Taiwan. The artist has participated in artist residency programs in Taiwan, Korea, Nepal, Norway and Finland. His works have been exhibited across Taiwan and international art scenes.
Chang’s art practices deal with those rapid-changing environments like ship, island, water as well as port, and through textural and spatial processes of investigation, collection, interweave and reconstruction, in which he tries to unveil the universal experiences and grey area between human, civilization and nature constantly shaping each other. His works are usually realized based on a core narrative text, and integrate with keen craftsmanship multiple forms and media including video, installation, photography, painting, documents as well as site-specific project and workshop, etc.
Chang was the co-founder of alternative art space Waley Art located in western Taipei and, he is also an avid observer of the role of maritime culture in public education and knowledge systems in Taiwan.
C&G Art Group
Active in France and Taiwan, the artistic duo “Chiu Chieh-Sen & Margot Guillemot” have done their residency in The Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture in France, Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Art Center, and the Industrial Technology Research Institute, and exhibited in major art museums, galleries and alternative spaces domestic and abroad. “Chiu Chieh-Sen & Margot Guillemot” is an international creative team of Taiwan and France. Both artists were graduated from the Graduate School of Contemporary Arts in Montpellier in France, and are currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program of National Taiwan University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Contemporary Visual Culture and Practice in the Department of Fine Arts.
While the academic record of the two appears identical on the surface, they had grown up in very different backgrounds. Chiu was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan, and studied in the Department of Antiquities and Art Conservation at the National Taiwan University of Arts. After graduation, Chiu went on to further his studies in France, entering the field of contemporary art. The facets of his creative outputs span from cultural geography to archives and records, concerning mainly with the ultimate image of “map” and the meaning in the surface layer of the graph. Chiu gradually discovers the variations in globalization and geopolitics by ways of culture fieldwork and on-site data collection. Guillemot was born in Cork, Ireland, and grew up in the Cote d’Azur in France by the Mediterranean Sea. Guillemot had a strong interest in digital multimedia and data from an early age, so she used it as her main creative medium during her studies in graduate school. Through the art of digital technology, Guillemot explores the question: what is reality? Inspired by the fluidity of time, the state and phenomenon of life are the real-time and the deepest self—or, rather, the disappearance of self and subject into a dialectic of existence. Departing from the contradictory relationships between perception and cognition, reality and virtuality, and space and time, Guillemot challenges the various presumptions and problematics of reality—Is reality the same as real?
Rahic Talif was born in the Makota’ay Village of the Amis community in Hualien in 1962. Through his years of field trip research and art action, he has been reflecting upon the current conditions and exploring the future of his community and himself, trying to subvert the existing stereotypical impression about indigenous art, and looking into the pure nature of art from the perspectives of cultural interpretation, social criticism, self-reflection and representation. His representative works include Modern Meeting Room, End and Beginning, The Dance of Standing, Ponal/Incomplete, Action project for Typhoon, and The Space of fifty Steps, The Museum of Marine Art / Indifference. Revolving mostly around the oceanic culture and traditional spirit of his community, his works convey philosophical thoughts about the context of globalization and discuss the destruction of traditional social structural of his community as well as the current changes of society as a whole.