Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts

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Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts
Taiwan - Israel Young Artists Interchanging Exhibition
2009-02-20 ~ 2009-03-29
 Curator / Tsai, Jia-Zhen

Opening the world map, Taiwan and Israel, two regions with close latitudes, crouch on the eastern and the western borders of the Asian continent. They seem to uphold the function of (parentheses), not only bracketing the realm of Asia but also point out that the center lies within the parentheses. The center and the border are antagonistic with each other—the center is the center because there is the border, and vice versa, the border is border because there is a mediated space between this place and that place. What seems like the two sides of the border are actually the intersections of two places; hence there is always a turning point between the border and the center. On one hand, Israel spreads on the western border of Asia and neighbors Europe, and she tiptoes between Europe and Asia. On the other hand, Taiwan not only serves as the portal to East Asia but is the key to the power struggle across the other side of the Pacific, and she swirls as the middle ground between the power struggles of East Asia and its counter part at the other side of the Pacific. The borders are open to complex political status quos because of their geographies; we may say that both Israel and Taiwan are in the states of exception: the recognition of the subjectivity and the overall attitude lean toward drifting and nomadic states, which lose the feeling of the center. 

In conclusion, the young artists of Taiwan and Israel have shown the traces of contemporary art in their creative form. Perhaps they might be following the Western trends. However, the unique political and historical factors of these two regions nurture the contents of the art works, and establish the recognizable traits of artistic characteristics and expressions. Taiwan and Israel share the borderline regions’ complexities and recognize their own strengths and development potentials.They have converse with each in the mirror-like realm of art. Back to the stage as a predecessor of the exhibitions, the second Taiwan–Israel Young Artists Interchanging Exhibition in 2009, which display-mode is not only the continuation of the previous interaction / exchange form in 2008. But turns out straightforward ignoring the poetic title on it. However, the main concept of 2009 exhibition is trying to disaccustom and change the way people used to see exhibitions: rather reading for the paper artist statement more than getting involved to experience the feels of the art work. In this case, we hope the show can broad framework to make people do more communication to the work piece without just referring to the introduction statement. Also, willing to open more possibility of this concept for future activities.