“How Corals Think”, TheCube, Taipei 2017
The project “How Corals Think”, initiated for the exhibition “The South” at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, continue its travel, after Documenta #14 and Kosovo Autostrada Biennale, I am happy that it come back at TheCube, a gallery I highly enjoy collaborating with.
My work related to the corals reefs in Penghu is joining the travelling exhibition “Ocean after Nature”. Curated by Alaina Claire Feldman, it presents a series of works describing our relation to the ocean.
During the exhibition, I also had a chance to participate to a discussion/presentation with Alaina Claire Feldman and Wan-Shuen Tsai.
For centuries, the ocean has prompted awe, figuring as a vast unknown space loaded with notions of the sublime and the exotic. In the past fifteen years however, global technological and economic shifts have triggered new concerns and understandings of the ocean. As we consider the future of our planet, today’s oceans reveal more about the consequences of human actions than ever before. The ocean and humanity, no longer thought of as separate, exist in a relationship of mutual and potentially destructive influence.
The Ocean After Nature considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world through the work of twenty artists and collectives. These internationally established and emerging artists explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems.
Invoking personal themes of identity and migration, alongside more universal concerns related to tourism, trade, and the exploitation of natural resources, the artists in The Ocean After Nature respond to the intertwined factors that define this new understanding of the ocean. The exhibition proposes that seascapes do not only reflect power but can be instruments of power themselves.
– Alaina Claire Feldman
OCEAN AFTER NATURE
Venue｜TheCube Project Space
Date｜November 18, 2017 – January 28, 2018
Curator｜Alaina Claire Feldman
Artists｜Allan Sekula & Noël Burch(USA), CAMP(IND), Yannick Dauby(TWN/FRN), Peter Hutton(USA), Hyung S. Kim(KOR), An-My Lê(VNM), Manny Montelibano(PHL), Supersudaca(NLD), UNITED BROTHERS(JPN), Yonatan Cohen & Rafi Segal(ISR)