海洋與詮釋者 The Oceans and the Interpreters

2022⋅10⋅22 10:30am—2023⋅01⋅15 5:30pm

Dates|2022.10.22-2023.01.15

Artists Talk|2020.10.22 14:00

Curator|Takamori Nobuo

Venues|Hong-gah Museum, Solid Art

 

■  Introduction

“The Oceans and the Interpreters” endeavors to respond to The Interpreters (1965) by the Nigerian author Wole Soyinka, which talks about several friends of different professions returning to the newly established Nigeria after their study abroad and how they are lost in the identity maze of an emerging nation. “The Oceans and the Interpreters” can be seen as the journey to the pan-African cultural circle the curator embarked on since 2017 and the research result of that phase. In this exhibition, aside from introducing African and Caribbean arts to Asian audiences, it further aims to probe into the artistic perspectives of African-Asian relationships.

The ocean, as a neutral landscape, is nevertheless connected to speech. It has witnessed the rise and fall of nation-states on the continents as well. The narrative of this exhibition seeks to employ the history of the trans-Atlantic African cultural circle as the point of departure, treating the region of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean as a kind of mirror world. In addition to the attempt to contemplate the African-Asian relationship in contemporary history, it stresses on the winding paths of the African cultural circle and the Asian counterpart as the observer/observee and their interpretations of each other. The exhibition hopes its viewers will come to realize that it is Africa as well as Asia here; it is the modern Tower of Babel as well as a land of exile; it is the ocean as well as a place for the interpreters’ soliloquy.

As a beneficiary of the curatorial program of the National Culture and Arts Foundation, “The Oceans and the Interpreters” is an exhibition of the results produced from the residency research in 2019. A video art exchange exhibition was organized in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Following the trade route that has existed since ancient times, this exhibition will travel to South Asia and the coast of West Africa for display in 2023.

 

■ Artists

AU Sow Yee 區秀詒 / Malaysia, Taiwan

CHANG En Man 張恩滿 + Temitayo Ogunbiyi / Taiwan + Nigeria

CHE Onejoon 崔元準 / Korea

LIN Jin Da + YU Cheng Che 林仁達+余政哲 / Taiwan

Salah Elmur / Sudan

Mulugeta Gebrekidan / Ethiopia

HOO Fan Chon 符芳俊 / Malaysia

Tirzo Martha / Curaçao

Naeem Mohaiemen / Bangladesh

Carlos Motta / Colombia, USA

Musquiqui Chihying 致穎 + Elom 20ce + Gregor Kasper / Taiwan, Togo, Germany

Tuan Andrew Nguyen / Vietnam

Posak Jodian / Taiwan

Mark Salvatus / The Philippines

Ousmane Sembène / Senegal

Stefanos Tsivopoulos / Greece

WANG Hong Kai + Lou MO 王虹凱+莫奴 / Taiwan, Canada

YAO Jui Chung + Hank CHENG 姚瑞中+鄭鴻展 / Taiwan

 

■ Artists Talk

Date: October 22th, 2022 (Sat.) 14:00
Venue: Honggah Museum
Moderator: Takamori Nobuo
Speakers: Oyinda Fakeye (Curator & Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos)
Tirzo Martha (Artist & Co-founder of the Instituto Buena Bista)

■ Opening Events

Honggah Museum(11F., No.166, Daye Road, Beitou Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan)

14:00-15:00 Artists Talk

16:00-17:00 Opening Reception

Solid Art (2F., No. 9, Aly. 79, Ligong St., Beitou Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan)

17:00-19:00 Opening Party

 


Organizers

Chew’s Culture Foundation
Hong Gah Museum
Solid Art
Britto Arts Trust
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

Sponsors

National Culture & Arts Foundation
Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corp.
Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture

Partners

Netherlands Office Taipei
RAVY 2023
Circle Art Gallery

Projector Sponsorship

Optoma Taiwan