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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing reporter

Chen Yin-ju, Tunnel (2018).

Photo Courtesy of Chi-wen Gallery

The 11th Taipei Biennial opens this weekend with a show that brings issues of climate change and environmental conservation into the fore. Co-curated by Italian Francesco Manacorda and Wu Mali (吳瑪利), Post-Nature—A Museum as an Ecosystem (後自然:美術館作為一個生態系統) includes 41 artists from 19 countries who are engaged in a number of knowledge fields including science, sociology, urban planning, activism, theory and non-governmental organization. From different perspectives, they examine “a multitude of planetary ecologies, economies and societal structures, and bring to light the different modes of connectivity upon which they rely,” writes the museum in a press release. The show not only presents ecological issues in an art museum context, it also proposes that humans should consider natural living systems as an ideal social model. “Natural ecosystems exist on the basis of symbiosis, reciprocal working and collaboration, in order to maintain a balance. Human activity may be well-advised to follow nature’s example, as global environmental problems become increasingly turbulent and complex,” writes the museum. The show is accompanied by a series of workshops, events and research, beginning with performance of 17 local sound artists inside a lingzhi mushroom installation created by Mycelium Network Society. For more information, visit: www.taipeibiennial.org

■ Taipei Fine Arts Museum (台北市立美術館 TFAM), 181, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 3, Taipei (台北市中山北路三段181號), tel: (02) 2595-7656. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30am to 5:30pm and until 8:30pm on Saturdays

■ Until March 10

Project Fulfill Art Space presents Earthly Delights (人間樂園), a solo exhibition by distinguished Vietnamese-American artist Dinh Q Le. The title of the show references a 15th Century triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch. “Painted over 500 years ago, historians are divided on [its] interpretation... ranging from a moral warning to worldly temptations, to a celebration of sexual joy and life’s pleasures,” writes the gallery in a press release. Extending from these suggested meanings, the show examines the development of Vietnam’s sexual culture, particularly through the context of online pornography. While the Internet in Vietnam is censored in many areas, pornography is not among the blocked content, says the artist. The arrival of the Internet in Vietnam and the abundance of online porn has greatly changed the Vietnamese view of sexuality. The show features new works from his photo weaving series, in which photographic images are interwoven to create layered and repetitive montages that “alter perceptions of historical events and our collective memory,” writes the gallery. Le’s assemblage technique is inspired by traditional Vietnamese grass mat weaving, which exudes a sense of craft and altered perception. A central piece on display will be a large photo scroll that is 50 meters long.

■ Project Fulfill Art Space (就在藝術空間), 2, Alley 45, Ln 147, Xinyi Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市信義路三段147巷45弄2號), tel: (02) 2707-6942. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1pm to 6pm

■ Until Dec. 21

Anne X Ama — Girls under Fire in WWII (安妮與阿嬤相遇:看見女孩的力量) is a collaborative exhibition between The Ama Museum, an institution dedicated to comfort women during Japanese rule, and the Anne Frank House, the former residence and present museum of Jewish wartime writer Anne Frank. Both museums are dedicated to the remembrance of women who suffered during World War II and seek to increase awareness of their life stories. The show features Frank’s diary, memorabilia and a recreation of the secret annex in which she and her family hid during the war. Her diary was published by her father in 1947 and has since been translated into over 70 languages. “At age 13, Anne wrote in her diary the incredible story of their lives in hiding, the emotions she experienced through her rite of passage as a teenage girl, her young and inexperienced romance and her thoughts on war, discrimination and the fate of women,” reads the exhibition preface. By sharing the story of Anne Frank, the Ama Museum hopes to encourage visitors to reflect on the atrocities of war. “How can we prevent the misfortune of Anne and the Amas from happening again?” asks the museum.

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