Artists and academics will gather in an independent art gallery in Washington, DC on Feb. 23 to discuss how contemporary artists in Taiwan are challenging perceptions of identity even as the broader socio-economic conditions impact their creative work.
The Hillyer Art Space event will be moderated by Sarah Tanguy, a curator with the US Department of State's Art in Embassies program, and feature artist Tseng Pin-chieh (曾品潔), professor Peng Ying-chen, and cultural official Kuei Yeh-chin (桂業勤).
Tseng is a visiting visual artist whose solo exhibition "Soliloquize” is currently on view at Hillyer Art Space. Comprising of a series of paintings and sculptures based on human behavior observations, the exhibition explore the importance of listening in a society increasingly filled with one-sided conversations.
"Soliloquize,” which runs till Feb. 26, is also the artist's take on the relationship between the Taiwan government and the Taiwanese people. She notes that where there is a lack of listening and dialogue, there will be no discussion and hence no solution to the problems at hand.
Dr. Peng is an assistant professor at the American University who specializes in late imperial and modern Chinese art history. As a former National Palace Museum staff member, her academic focus includes gender issues and the globalization of material culture.
Kuei is the director of the newly established Taiwan Academy in Washington, DC. He is responsible for guiding the fourth American branch of the Ministry of Culture in promoting Taiwan culture in the 10 states of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
The "Art in Context” series is part of an international partnership initiative between US arts institutes and their foreign counterparts that creates a forum for discussion and discovery among global leaders in the artistic, academic, diplomatic, and policy communities.
In the ongoing "Arts in Context” series, arts and cultural organizations are showcased in the broader social, economic, and political context in which they exist.
‘Art in Context: Taiwan'