Presented by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and opening on 22 September, the 2018 Taiwan Biennial, “Wild Rhizome”, will be curated by Gong Jow-Jiun and Chou Yu-Ling.
The 6th edition of Taiwan Biennial is continuing the model of the previous edition, by building a curatorial team around two curators who are to undertake multidisciplinary research, and experimental and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Held every second year, the 2018 edition of the Taiwan Biennial will be its sixth and will be co-curated by guest curator Gong Jow-Jiun and Chou Yu-Ling, who is the in-house curator at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMOFA).
The 2018 curators: Gong Jow-Jiun and Chou Yu-Ling
Gong Jow-Jiun began curating in 2013, with the exhibition “Are We Overworked?” that he organised for Eslite Gallery in Taipei. In 2014, he founded Art Commons Tainan, using translating, sharing and linking as the methodology to host several East Asia international exchange programmes. He co-curated the Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, “The Return of Ghosts”, with Takamori Nobuo in 2014 and served as chief curator for the 2017 Soulangh International Contemporary Art Festival – Kau-Puê, “Mutual Companionship in Near Future”.
Based at the NTMOFA – which will be the host venue for the Taiwan Biennial later in the year – Chou Yu-Ling specialises in the development of visual arts and moving image culture in Taiwan. In 2016, she organised the “Meeting point of the Museum and the Moving Image” lecture series, which explored the role of moving image practices in contemporary art. In 2017, she curated the exhibition “Hardcore Rally” with Hantoo Art Group, from the perspective of reconstructing the ethos of artistic communities and art history.
2018 Taiwan Biennial: “Wild Rhizome”
The official theme of 2018 Taiwan Biennial has been announced as “Wild Rhizome”. The theme takes its inspiration from the seminal philosophical concept of the ‘Rhizome’, developed by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari in the 1970s. Following this theme, the exhibition will explore the organisation of contemporary art in Taiwan, examining if there is a a way for art to exist that takes shape by “neither top down nor bottom up, but springing up like wild grasses from interstitial crevices”.
The artistic realms that are positioned in these “interstitial crevices”, those that are self-formed or born out of heterogeneous zones, are exactly those that will be pursued in this edition. Springing up between spheres of creative processes in nature, cultures and communities, and taking roots in various art initiatives are themes that will be generated from artists’ imaginations – wild lands, wild bodies, wild images and wild tribes – as they strive to present starkly different topologies in contemporary art.
The 6th Taiwan Biennial – “Wild Rhizome” – will take place from 22 September 2018 to 10 February 2019 at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, No. 2, Sec. 1, Wu Chuan West Road, West District, Taichung 40359, Taiwan.
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