The purpose of this blog is to invite you to travel east with us, specifically to Taiwan, a small volcanic island that has been colonized for centuries, but appears to be coming into its own. Artists are mirrors, we speak a common language. Our hope is to reflect (both inwardly and outwardly) our experience of place from many perspectives.
Taiwan you are a wonder and a riddle. Culturally and geologically you possess endless layers. As foreigners we have much to learn about your culture, history, struggles. We appreciate your desire for independence. Special thanks to the wonderful and talented artists we met. In one collective voice, they echoed three striking words:
We are here.
Taipei artists: Joyce Ho, Liao Chien Chung, Ji-hong Lee, Wu Tien Chang, Chia En-Jao, I Ting Hou.
Tainan artists: Chen Yen-Yi, Huang-Ti Lin, Lin Shu Kai, Huang Yi-Min, Chiang Li-Ren, Lee Hsu-Pin, Chen Po-I
Special thanks to:
Dar Kuen Wu, Co-curator of Taipei Biennial 2016 and Head curator at TAF
Lee Hsiangling, Director of TAF and Jow-Jiun Gong, Culture Lab@TAF
Chen Yen-Yi and Huang Yi- Min, Directors of Absolute Art Space in Tainan
and to Hsu, Yuan-Ta, curator and professor who translated for us.
Due East is the third project in a quartet of volcanic island explorations. Due North (2014) explored Iceland, Due South (2017), Sicily. Due East (2020) explores Taiwan, from both insider and outsider perspectives.