JIE (BOUNDARIES): CONTEMPORARY ART FROM TIAWAN
The multiple ways that globalization has altered Taiwan over the last decade have become important sources for artistic creation, as the works of thirty-three artists included in this exhibition demonstrate. Adopting the philosophical connotations of the Chinese character jie 界 (meaning scope and/or boundary), this exhibition examines the intricate and complicated human and natural boundaries navigated and negotiated by individuals, as well as by Taiwan as a whole, in today’s interconnected world.
The viewpoints of several generations of artists reveal how identity has become more fluid, variable, remixed, and multidimensional, less determined or defined by ethnicity, location, or national allegiances. Works by the generations who grew up, lived through, and struggled against Martial Law (which was lifted in 1987) address issues pertaining to local and international politics and the major social and environmental concerns of our time. Works by younger generations reveal how globalization has affected individual life experience, exposing an inner world tinged with both playfulness and anxiety.
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