Welcome to Our Place
Introduction of “Welcome to Our Place”:
Throughout the second half of the 20th century, European countries and the US have been impacted by theories of the “Educational Turn” and started reflecting on the rights of usage and discourse of museum spaces. The usage of these spaces as locations for public gatherings and discussions on de-colonization have contributed to equality between non-western and western discourses, as well as the balancing between power and rights.
In recent years, the concept of cultural diversity and inclusivity has slowly moved from the streets and into the field of arts. Audio guides, non-visual experiences, accessibility services, and other setups have reflected contemporary society’s yearning to adapt to new values; to some extent, art has provided alternative viewpoints of interpreting the ever-shifting structure of society and culture.
Audio descriptions have transformed the act of viewing into a non-singular sensation, while accessible slopes have expanded the possibility of movement, allowing people with different physical conditions to share life experiences. Through the workshop, Ko Yu-Hsiu invites participants who are visually impaired and those who are not to listen to the audio descriptions of images and to materialize their experience into paintings, encouraging participants to examine the blind spots of the design. Using images and literature from field investigations, Hsueh Tzu-Chieh delves into the physical existence of accessible facilities and the non-physical states of its users through images and literature gathered from fieldwork to spotlight the possibilities and limitations of assistive devices.
Existence in the form of fluid sensations, fluid consciousness and states, identity, or residence inspires discussions on existing ideas in the collective consciousness. With his own experience as the inspiration, Yerlikaya Keng-Wug endeavours to understand intercultural conflict through drama workshops and dissects the sense and understanding of identity among migrant workers through photography. Liao Yun-Jie bases her work on the map of the larger Taipei area and traces the image formed with different patterns, using a two-way method of working with words to explore the essence and blueprint of living rights and land use.
This exhibition once again invites artists of the 2021 Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity Residency Programme — Yerlikaya Keng-Wug, Ko Yu-Hsiu, Liao Yun-Jie, and Hsueh Tzu-Chieh to share their reflections and hopes for the society of Taiwan and the stories of the public in the form of workshops, fieldwork, and research.
Introduction of Yunjie Liao’s work:
In the 2021 group exhibition “From Now On “, Liao Yunjie used video installations, luggage and memories exchanged with people in the state of fluidity, to inquire about the meaning home for each other, and the possibility or inability to truly understand each other. The process had provoked different viewers sharing their own experiences with people in the state of fluidity. In the exhibition of this time, she continues to narrate a living state “on the road”, to discuss about the fluidity of “home”, weaving the similarity between the other and the self. It also reflects the difficult situation of human being torn between the delusion of escape, pursuit and a shelter.
The images of people in the state of fluidity are not only local, but also global. Their appearances across classes, ethnic groups, and genders are quite diverse. What many people in the states of fluidity need most is not pity and materials, but understanding and acceptance of their choices. “Don’t rely on others, we rely on ourselves” is the most common declaration that the artist has heard when interacting with them for many years. Their persistence in refusing to stop migrating, their life stories of love and hate, and their wisdoms of survival also deeply resonated with the artist. When private space has become a luxury, why is “terminating” the fluid state still regarded as the most correct accolade, as if admiring the necessity of the material form of “home”? Can we explore more about the various emotional forms of “home” when fluidity has become a common state, and consider the necessity for mutual assistance?
A piece of land carries the ruptures of resources, landscapes, and dreams of countless people; the individuals who migrate in it can only regain their dignity as a human when their subjectivity of choice is recognized, rather than being continuously grieved, pathologized, defamiliarized and problematized. And the best communication between human and human, in the artist’s life experience, is to live together.
2021年文化平權駐村聯展「從此，以後」中，廖芸婕以錄像裝置、與流動之人交換的行囊與回憶，叩問彼此家的意義，及真正相互理解的可能或無能。這段過程，衍生了不同觀者分享、討論自身與流動者互動的經驗。此次展覽繼續以在路上（on the road）為軸，試圖討論「家」的流動狀態，編織他者與自身之相似性，並反觀裡外不是人的狀態下，同時存在逃避、追尋與對棲身之地的妄想。
- Taipei Artist Village, TW
- Barry Room
- 18 February 2022 - 27 March 2022
- Taipei Artist Village, TW
- 9 April 2021 - 6 June 2021
- Taipei Artist Village
- Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity Residency Programme