Time: 4 Sep, 2015 (Fri), 7-9pm Venue: Taipei Contemporary Art Center Speaker: Irwan Ahmett＆Tita Salina Moderator: Iris Shu-Ping Huang The talk will be in English.
The artist duo Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina are currently in Taiwan at the invitation of NTMoFA to realize their new project for Asian Art Biennale 2015 curated by Iris Shu-ping Huang. They focus on subjects that have vulnerable, complex and paradoxical elements for the embedded universal human values. In the last couple of years, they have been interested in exploring the boundaries of art that sometimes could be mistaken by people for their artificial materials. Is there another territory of art that is more intrinsic? The artist duo believes art, as a ‘sensibility consciousness,’ should be freed from academic and institutional dogmas, which sometimes downgrade the value of art. Naturally, the sensibility valued in an artwork should be a ‘notification’ when there is a ‘jamming’ in the pace of civilization. Just like a whirl of typhoon. The purity of art has pulled them into a deeper state, in particular when they witness the problematic world conditions. They are entering the territory of the social, conflict, injustice, environment, natural disasters to trauma history of nations that have blurred the face of the earth with the mission to make the world smile again.
Artist Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina – an artist duo based in Jakarta, started their collaboration in 2010 for the Urban Play project. They created series of interventions in public space responding to the situations and problems in urban surroundings. Their working method begins with finding citizen’s problems and responding with found objects then applying ideas in site specific areas with or without involving citizens. In practice, they always use a PLAY method. For the last two years,their works have shifted into some complex topics which relate to social injustice, political overtones, environment, energy and marginalized groups. They’d like to explore new territories that are hardly touched by the formal system, and often these kind of situations could create universal fundamental values of humanity.
Moderator Iris Shu-Ping Huang is currently working as curator at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. She was born in 1976 in Hsin-chu, Taiwan and graduated from National Taiwan University with a degree in Foreign Language and Literature. After acquiring a Master degree in Feminism and the Visual Arts from University of Leeds in UK, she was been an Associate curator in the Museum of Contemporary Art for 6 years. She specializes in the curating of Asian Contemporary Art and modern/contemporary art history in Taiwan. Iris Shu-Ping HUANG is the curator of 2011 and 2013 Asian Art Biennial.