Can foreigners use their outsider perspectives to see local sceneries that the local people have neglected to see?
The tourist gaze proposed in John Urry’s book with the same title involves experiences outside of one’s ordinary daily routine, which then evokes a sharper sense of observation, with tourists enthusiastically applying the signs they have observed to construct the subjects of their gazes.
Through engaging in “residencies”, artists are able to immerse themselves in “other” locations with different cultures from their own and to experience the locations’ unique “local cultures”, with their proposed residency projects derived from cultural contexts, localness, and social distinctions that are their own and also how they have imagined these “other” locations.
Some of these artists have arrived in Taipei, Taiwan, seeking to understand what is considered “local” here.
As for us, those playing the role of the locals and also on-location witnesses, how should we reflectively see ourselves (or our island) through their eyes?
Should we carefully examine from all angles whether or not these outsiders have fittingly presented something that is “local enough?”
Or should we negate projections coming from these foreign eyes that are without a trace of recognizable familiarity?
Taiwan is an island that is constantly receiving cultures and people from different places. A group exhibition showcasing artworks by artists-in-residence is a domain composed of multiple-perspectives, where “our localness” is reflected through several pairs of eyes of “non-local others”. Can such endeavor lead to mutual connections between them and us? Can this also prompt the locals to further reconsider our constantly shifting “local culture”, resulting in new, broader horizons seen through a compound perspective?
●展期：2016.08.12-09.04 11:00-21:00(Closed on Monday)
● 地點：台北國際藝術村，百里廳 (台北市北平東路7號)
Wenhai Huang 黃文海
Verena Issel 韋雷娜・伊塞爾
Jihee Kim 金芝嬉
Junya Kataoka & Rie Iwatake 片岡純也X岩竹理恵
Karel van Laere 卡爾‧范‧拉爾
Yang Liu (Opening Performance) 劉陽 (開幕表演)
Walking grass agriculture Han-Sheng Chen, Kuan-Yi LEE, Shing-You Liu
●策展人 Curator 沈菲比 Phebea Chun-Yi Shen