Gambian and Taiwanese artists exhibit animations

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Aug 27, 2013 - Page 4

An exhibition that features animations by Gambian and Taiwanese artists opened in Taipei over the weekend, presenting a critical examination of African life and culture.

The 12 computer-generated animated displays cover a variety of themes, including environmental preservation, disability awareness, support for art in Africa and an examination of women’s issues, such as female circumcision.

Produced by five Gambian and seven Taiwanese artists, the animations are on display at the Digital Art Center from Aug. 24 to Sept. 23.

The works are the result of the efforts of five Gambian artists who arrived in Taiwan last year for advanced studies and produced their first animations at Taipei National University of the Arts.

“The world’s ecological balance has been severely compromised, and phenomena such as global warming and the deterioration of the ozone layer have affected every inch of the globe,” artist Malang Jarju said in a statement on the exhibition’s official Web site.

He said he hopes to use art to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the earth.

Mamat Sallah, who uses his animations to discuss the standing of women in a traditional Wolof community, compared women to trees, which are prestigious in traditional African societies.

The Taiwanese artists, meanwhile, were invited to produce animated films based on their impressions of Africa.

The exhibition is a unique cooperative effort that exemplifies how animation art can transcend culture, the organizers said.