CONTEMPORARY ART EVENTS BIENNIALS TAIWAN
Forty artists from all parts of the Asian region, from New Zealand to Kazakhstan, Cambodia to Iraq, are participating in the 2011 Asian Art Biennial. Exhibition curator Iris Shu-Ping Huang has asked each to reflect upon today’s “M-shaped” Asian society.
Below we list the artists participating in the Biennial and provide a link to their website or to other biographical information where it is available.[table “” not found /]
As explained in the press release for the event, “Medi(t)ation” is a neologism coined especially for this exhibition.
Medi(t)ation refers to exploring changing Asian culture, and how artists search for a middle ground between traditional values and modern cultural development amidst widely varying extreme influences; and how they look for the room for “cultural mediation” over the course of reflection and shifting power structures, to establish their position in the anxious area of global cultural competition.
The theme has its roots in a social and economic trend in which a society has two income peaks, one each in the lower and upper middle classes. This trend is often referred to as an “M-shaped society”, a term invented by Japanese economist Kenichi Ohmae, and it is said to be representative of the economies of Japan, Taiwan and a number of other industrialised countries around the world.
The 2011 Asian Art Biennial opens in Taichung, at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, on 1 October 2011. Periphery events include an Artist Talk, held at the opening of the event on 1 October 2011, 2011 Asian Art and Curator’s Forum, which will be held at the museum on 2 October 2011.
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