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Asian Art Biennial 2017

Asian Art Biennial 2017

6. Asian Art Biennale 2017

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

30. September 2017 - 25. Februar 2018

“Negotiating the Future” as a Means of Meeting the Ultimate Aspiration for Changing the Society and Fashioning the Future

Die 6. Asian Art Biennale wird am 30. September 2017 im National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts eröffnet. Erstmals in mehr als einem Jahrzehnt wird die diesjährige Biennale von einem Team bestehend aus einer Kuratorin des veranstaltenden Museums und drei ausländischen Kuratoren konzipiert, was ein vollkommen anderer Mechanismus als die bisherige Praxis ist. Unter dem Thema “Negotiating the Future” (Die Zukunft aushandeln) lädt das Kuratorenteam etwa 30 Künstlerinnen, Künstler und Gruppen ein, sich diesem großen Anliegen in gemeinsamen Bemühungen zu widmen.

The theme “Negotiating the Future” features the momentum and limitless potential of contemporary art, as well as the possibilities for art to negotiate and strike a balance among various conflicts of power and relations. By virtue of the creations of these participating artists, this biennial also seeks to address the recent events and latent tension in Asia, thereby reflecting people’s desperate yearning for changing the society and fashioning the future through a concatenation of negotiations.

Wafaa Bilal, 168:01, 2016. Foto: Frank Piccolo

The three guest curators of this biennial include Kenji Kubota (Japan), Ade Darmawan (Indonesia) and Wassan Al-Khudhairi (Iraq), and Hsiao-Yu Lin is the in-house curator who works in collaboration with them. Speaking of the theme of this biennial, Kubota believes that our future is incubated by myriads of negotiations, and highly creative, unconventional things would be produced if all the negotiations are charged with imagination. For Kubota, the artworks that inspire the viewers’ imagination are closely related to the construction of a brave new world.

On the other hand, Darmawan argues that seeing art as a social practice is essential for us to view artistic practice as a way to speculate about the future. Future might be a luxury idea in certain contexts, but art can always negotiate and strategize for it from the present. As far as Al-Khudhairi is concerned, the 2017 Asian Art Biennial aims to explore the tool of negotiation as a means to navigate the possibilities for the future, and how art, the public and society interact as a relational trinity on the platform provided by this biennial.

The exhibits at the 6th Asian Art Biennial serve as the epitome of contemporary artistic diversity. They comprise a riotous profusion of forms ranging from painting, installation and image to performance art and workshop. The biennial program also includes many exciting events. Please visit the museum website for detailed information about this elaborately organized biennial.

(Aus Presseinformationen)

Kawita Vatanajyankur, Squeezers, 2015

Yangjiang Group, FINAL DAYS, 2015

Veranstalter, Kontakt:

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
No. 2 Wu Chuan West Road, Section 1
Taichung City 403, Taiwan
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Ms. Emily Wang
Tel.: 886 4 2372 3552 #133

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