Asia’s shifting social landscape the focus of fifth Asian Art Biennial

Monday, July 20th, 2015. Filed under: Art Destinations Entertainment
Taichung, Taiwan is the site of the Asian Art Biennial. ©Richie Chan/shutterstock.com

Taichung, Taiwan is the site of the Asian Art Biennial.
©Richie Chan/shutterstock.com

(Relaxnews) – The fifth Asian Art Biennial, opening in Taiwan on September 19, is to focus on Asia’s changing socio-political contexts via its 2015 theme, “Artist Making Movement.”

Iris Shu-Ping Huang of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is curating the biennial’s 2015 edition, having done the same in 2013 and 2011. Over nearly three months, the event sets out to present contemporary art in all its forms, including painting, installation, video, performance art and architecture.

The fifth edition sets out to reflect on the restlessness and the emergence of what organizers call “social energy” in Asia in recent years, which they say has increased cultural awareness and seen the emergence of new art communities.

Asia’s multilateral relations, they say, have resulted in social and cultural shifts, promoting a more open sharing of resources but also more complex power plays. In engaging in social relations, then, artists function as mediators or even transformers in this process, says the biennial team.

More than 30 artists will contribute artwork for the event, where symposiums will also invite scholars to weigh in on the subject of Asia’a cultural diversity.

The Asian Art Biennial was founded in 2007 by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, intended to explore how, as Asian countries’ economic performance has attracted global attention, new perspectives have changed contemporary reality and enriched culture on the continent.

The fifth edition runs from September 19 to December 6 at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung City.

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