"The Ouroboros" is an international joint exhibition that marks the second phase in the 2018-2019 Taiwan-Luxembourg Exchange Program. This exhibition will be synchronously on view at TheCube Project Space in Taipei and the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art Contemporain in Luxembourg.
The ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpentine creature devouring its own tail to complete an eternal cycle of destruction and rebirth. Rooted in ancient Egyptian iconography, the circular motif entered western tradition via Greek mythology and is now considered an emblem of wholeness or infinity (∞).
Curated by Amy Cheng (鄭慧華) of TheCube Project Space in Taipei, the joint exhibition is intended to envisage and investigate the general public's responses to the question of survival in the contemporary world via the featured artists' astute observations and perspectives.
"The Ouroboros" will feature video works engaging in multilayered dialogues on key issues ranging from reflections upon the survival system of human society in the Anthropocene era and one’s projected imagination of humanity's future, to the development and changes in the relational humanity-technology-nature trinity and discussions on Cosmopolitics.
The exhibition will feature a total of eleven video-based works and installations by eight Taiwanese and international artists, including Wu Chi-yu (吳其育, Taiwan), Yin-ju Chen (陳瀅如, Taiwan), Chen Chieh-jen (陳界仁, Taiwan), Lee Tzu-ling (李姿玲, Taiwan), Ayoung Kim (South Korea), Tao Zhou (China), Hassan Khan (Egypt) and Tzu-Nyen Ho (Singapore).
Harnessing the symbolic power of the ouroboros, this exhibition will not only cogitate on phenomena common to all civilizations and explore human desire for domination and progress, but also analyze how changes in one's living environment affects contemporary society.
The exhibition will also be accompanied by a special event on Oct. 24, in which visitors can meet with two of the artists — Wu Chi-yu and Lee Tzu-ling — and exhibition curator Cheng at Casino Luxembourg's convivial settings.