The 2020 Taiwan Biennial, featuring a total of 49 artists/groups and 201 artworks, kicked off on Saturday at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) in Taichung.
The biennial, which is running until Feb. 28, 2021, boasts a variety of art forms ranging from paintings, installations, videos and performance art.
Curated by Taiwanese artist Yao Jui-chung, the 2020 Taiwan Biennial, themed “Subzoology,” centers around international issues related to the human-animal relationship addressed by the scientific, artistic and philosophical scenes.
Based on the ten dharma realms in the Diamond Sūtra and treating the “Buddhist Path of Reincarnation into Animals” as the point of departure, the curator seeks to encourage a reflection on the long-term human plunderage and domination over natural creatures.
A “Flash Mob Performance” opened the annual exhibition on Saturday in Taichung’s coastal area, featuring local performers including WatdanWuma, Sun Yi-jou, Yeh Tzu-chi, River Lin, Fu Ya-wen+Chou Shu-yi, and Ghost Mountain Ghost Shovel.
Through ‘bodies’ and ‘actions,’ the live art performance aimed at creating a reflection on the deterioration of the ecological environment.
In response to the ecological and environmental issues the exhibition concerning, the flash mob performances took place at the Taichung Museum of Marine Ecology surrounding area in Qingshui District, the Da’an Port Mazu Culture Park, and finally back to the NTMoFA.
The exhibition comprises seven sub-themes “Sacrifice and Salvation,” “The Sub-history of Wildlife Trade,” “Portrait of Unknown Heroes,” “Laboratory/Operating Room/Specimen Room,” “Festivals/Sandbanks/Green Coverage Ratio,” “Beast Mimic/Tortured Beastnoid,” “Habitat/Zoo/National Park” and “Performance & Live Art/Multimedia Installation & Performance.”
Seven subthemes serve as points of entry for this year’s biennial and are a reminder to the public to reflect on the devastation that confronts all of the beings on Earth. Being kind toward all life is the key to our longevity and a blessing to all our descendants.