The National Crafts Research and Development Institute will host a special exhibition featuring 24 female artists from Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, the United States, and the United Kingdom that will run through May 26, 2019. Through contemporary artworks, "Femi-Flow" will demonstrate both interpretations of life and social issues experienced and observed by female artists from different cultures and generations.
Flow, a psychological concept that deals with the immersive, fully involved, and joyful status of the mind, is also used as a term to describe menstruation. Thus, "Femi-Flow: Creating Female Subjectivity" is an exhibition that explores women's feelings of joy, enhanced by self-affirmation, through the creation of art that depicts female subjectivity while echoing the biological characteristics of females.
This exhibition comprises three subjects: "The Flow of Poetry: Fairy Tales and Symbolism," "The Flow of Weaving: Female Subjectivity in Folklore Culture," and "The Flow of Ideology: Body Politics and Social Issues." The materials and techniques used by the artists are varied and include natural and recycled materials, video, new media, mixed media, and interactive installations.
Moreover, the artworks by the 24 featured artists address subjects encompassing family, kinship, immigrant women, and cultural identity, as well as issues of femininity, the ambiguity of femininity, and social observations and critiques.
Thus, this exhibition both brings together vital artworks of contemporary female artists and serves as a platform for conversation and communion. Through these fine artworks, "Femi-Flow" builds a bridge between the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art and the experimentality of crafts creation, while creating a medium for the audience to reflect on the relationships among the self, the other, and society at large.
After its debut in Nantou County, the exhibition will travel to Taipei for a second showing from June 11 to Aug. 4 under the title "Womensemble: Creating Female Subjectivity in Art."
‘Femi-Flow: Creating Female Subjectivity’
‘Womensemble: Creating Female Subjectivity in Art’