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The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

Asian Art Biennial Names Curators and Theme of Its Seventh Edition

The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung announced that multimedia artists Hsu Chia-Wei and Ho Tzu Nyen will curate its 2019 Asian Art Biennial, titled “The Strangers from Beyond the Mountain and the Sea.” The exhibition’s seventh edition will feature work by more than thirty artists—including Chiang Kai-Chun (Taiwan), Jiandyin (Thailand), Hiwa K (Iraq), Timur Si-Qin (Germany), and Sawangwongse Yawnghwe (Myanmar)—and will kick off on October 5.

According to Taiwan News, the event’s title was inspired by a word from ancient Japanese folklore, marebito, or “rare person,” which refers to a visitor, often a divine or a supernatural being, who comes from afar and brings gifts of wisdom and spiritual knowledge. For the curators, the term takes “the form of the migrant, the ethnic minority, the colonist, the foreign merchant, the smuggler, the partisan, the shaman and the traitor—figures that are conduits to an unknown outside, and who channel forces that test the very limits of our sense of self, our society, and our species.”

The biennial, which has been hosted by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts since 2007, will focus on the current political climate and the state of the economy across Asia, as well as contemporary issues such as the migration crisis, decolonization, and the environment.