There is much else to see here and though the theme might be broad, it is never derivative. Sharif Waked’s video of a donkey forced to undergo a shower to remove its zebra stripes in Bath Time, is an amusing statement about identities immigrants undergo and have to strip in a new land.
One gains the sense over the past few years that Taipei’s galleries are cluing in to the importance of reaching out to international artists and curators. Hopefully, exchanges will result from this. And what is remarkable here is that they are doing so while moderating the rarefied language that has become de rigeur of public museums. No-Mad-Ness in No Man’s Land is a fine example of how a commercial gallery can successfully work with international curators and artists. Let’s hope to see more of this in the future.
■ No-Mad-Ness in No Man’s Land runs until Dec. 22 at Eslite Gallery (誠品畫廊), 5F, 11 Songgao Rd, Taipei City (台北市松高路11號5樓), tel: (02) 8789-3388 X1588. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm.