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Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda, curators of the 2018 Taipei Biennial. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda to Curate 2018 Taipei Biennial

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum announced today that Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda will serve as co-curators of the Eleventh Taipei Biennial, taking place from November 17, 2018 to March 10, 2019. This year marks the first iteration of the exhibition that will adopt a two-curator structure. The new model will pair a Taiwan-based curator with a guest curator.

The theme of this year’s event will explore notions of collective living and survival. According to Ping Lin, the director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the biennial will “rethink the role of humanity, question the meaning of art, and extend the focal point to the resilience of our fragile world. . .exploring the ways humankind can survive in the current age.”

Mali Wu is a Taiwanese lecturer at the National Kaohsiung Normal University in the Lingya District of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, a curator, and an artist, who focuses on participatory and community-based art. Wu’s work often addresses environmental and ecological concerns. Manacorda is the current artistic director of the V-A-C Foundation in Venice Italy. He has curated the Slovenian pavilion and the New Zealand pavilion at the Fifty-Second and Fifty-Third Venice Biennales as well as large-scale exhibitions such as “Radical Nature—Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009” at the Barbican in London.

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