martedì 10 gennaio 2017

J. F. Huang per il Tuvalu

Sarà Vincent J. F. Huang ha rappresentare il Tuvalu, unica isola del Pacifico a partecipare alla prossima  Biennale di Venezia. 

Il progetto che verrà realizzato sarà multimediale e cercherà di costituire una comunità di relazioni umane. 

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Tuvalu announces Curator and Artist at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Artist and climate activist Vincent J. F. Huang (Taiwan) will represent the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Aida Yuen Wong (United States/Canada/Hong Kong) has been appointed the Tuvalu Pavilion Curator. Responding to the biennale theme, “Viva Arte Viva,” the Tuvalu Pavilion will serve as the physical heart of a worldwide “social sculpture” called the Global Interactive Program to be realized through on- and off-line projects designed to rouse the global community to tackle the climate crisis that currently threatens to destroy the biennale’s smallest participating country.
The only small Pacific Island Nation to participate in the Venice Biennale, Tuvalu is best known for its low elevation and its designation, according to the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change, as the likely first victim to the rising sea level. Though it has thrived for thousands of years as a self-sufficient fishing community now numbering just under 10,000, it is paying the price of global industrialization and indifference. As Huang points out,  this tiny island country and Venice share a common troubling future.

Huang divides his creative life between Venice and Taipei and has focused his art and 
activism on a single question: “When extreme weather rages around the world, how 
could art take a stand, and furthermore, play a role in social reform?” Huang creates 
art as a catalyst capable of turning the experience of global warming into personal and 
public action, while at the same time being transcendent aesthetic events that awaken 
passion for global ecology.
Huang has been visiting Tuvalu since 2010. In 2012  he represented Tuvalu at the 
United Nations Climate Summit UNFCCC COP, and in 2013 and 2015 he exhibited 
at the Venice Biennale. It was his 2015 contribution, “Crossing the Tide,” which came 
to be known as “the flooded national pavilion” that made Tuvalu’s fate of interest to 
journalists from the mainstream as well as the art press all over the world. In 2017, 
he will be turning to a range of cultural forms, from myths and story-telling to the 
immersive poetry of installation in order to keep our eyes on the catastrophic future 
of a tiny island nation.

From the front lines of climate change in the South Pacific island and the Arctic Circle, Vincent J.F. Huang has enlisted remarkable creativity to look deeply at global climate crisis and challenge us to answer the question: “Are contemporary cultural developments leading to a beautiful new tomorrow or hurrying us towards a disastrous and crashing end?”

Vincent Huang was born in Nantou, Taiwan, in 1971 and received his MFA from 
Gray’s School of Art in Scotland in 2001. He taught at the Department of Visual 
Communication Design at Shu-te University in Kaohsiung from 2001 to 2006. 
He has been artist-in-residence at the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, 
Chiyoda Art Center in Tokyo, ARTSPACE in Australia, and the Arctic Circle Project. 
In 2013, in acknowledgment of his sustained art activism in support of global 
environmental issues, he was honored with Taiwan’s most prestigious cultural 
award—the Presidential Cultural Award.

Aida Yuen Wong, Nathan Cummings and Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Chair in Fine Arts is the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (U.S.A.). She specializes in transcultural exchanges in modern/contemporary East Asia and is currently writing on the recent history of ink painting in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Dr. Wong was awarded the Taiwan Fellowship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ROC) (2015–2016) and the American Council of Learned Societies (and NEH) American Research in the Humanities in China Fellowship (2012–2013; 2002–2003). Among her publications are Parting the Mists: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National-style Painting in Modern China (2006); Visualizing Beauty: Gender and Ideology in Modern East Asia (2012); The Other Kang Youwei: Calligrapher, Art Activist, and Aesthetic Reformer in Modern China (2016); and the forthcoming Fashion, Identity, and Power in Modern Asia.

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