An in-depth symposium on the links between artistic practice and human rights took place on July 19 at the Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park in New Taipei City. As part of the ongoing 2020 Green Island Human Rights Art Festival, the event was joined by experts and exhibited artists from home and abroad to address topics spanning from artistic narrative, freedom, to imprisonment.
In addition to 12 exhibited artists and creators from Nepal and Thailand, four Taiwanese participants – sociologist Wu Chieh-hsiang (吳介祥); Chen Tai-sung (陳泰松), former deputy director of the Nantou-based National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute; Peng Jen-yu (彭仁郁), associate research fellow at Taiwan's top research institution Academia Sinica, and curator Gong Jow-juin (龔卓軍) – threw light on the intersection between the timeless medium and the basic rights that belong to every person in the world.
Accomplished curator Sandy Hsiu-chih Lo (羅秀芝), who is the mastermind behind the festival, said the voice and narrative of non-mainstream communities will take the center stage at the annual event. Through the symposium, as well as the clips filmed by director Wu De-chuen (吳德淳) for each participating artist, the months-long festival seeks to present how creators use art as a medium to break away from mainstream norms and established social order, Lo noted.
Organized by the National Human Rights Museum (NHRM), the 2020 Green Island Human Rights Art Festival runs from May 15 to Sept. 15 at the outlying Green Island White Terror Memorial Park.
NHRM Director Chen Chun-hung (陳俊宏) said that the museum will also launch a website featuring a VR720° panorama tour of the Green Island-based festival in early August to cultivate interest amongst viewers to visit the historic sites on the windswept island off Taitung in person.
The distilled version of the July 19 symposium will be available at the festival's and the museum's respective channel on YouTube. Visit here and here for more information on the festival.