The Petite Bamboo Salon: Discovering Residency Program in Cozy Little Town (Artists talk part04)
Discovering Residency Program in Cozy Little Town
Bamboo Curtain Studio
Taitung County Cultural Affairs Department, The Alliance Culture Foundation
The National and Art Culture Foundation
“Discovering Residency Programs in Cozy Little Towns” is the 4th Petite Bamboo Salon talk held by Bamboo Curtain Studio. This talk is specifically designed to the needs of aborigine artists, mostly living in Tatung, east coast of Taiwan known for its unique geography and diverse aborigine art and culture.
There are more than 400 residency programs worldwide. Residency plays an important and essential part of an artist life, especially to young and emerging artist. How one choose the right residency program among this grand and diverse selection? In Taiwan, the Ministry of Culture provides a dozen residency opportunities each year and most of these programs are located in big cities. This leads to the phenomenon that most of the Taiwanese artists only apply for programs in cities, increase the level of competition, without realizing there are artist-in-residency exist in small and urbanized town. Truthfully, these small town programs are suitable to artist’s needs in various art field. In fact, there are many art residency programs locate in the remote town specifically for emerging artists and aborigine artists. The choices magnified when artists do not exclude possibilities outside urban area and have a better chance to get accepted to the residency program, one that fits that artist’s need.
The Salon invites 4 eminent artists with international residency experiences to share their perspectives on international artist-in-residency – How their residency experiences influenced their artworks and the effects of cultural collision.
Introducing the Panelists
Yosifu is a Taiwanese aborigine artist. He comes from one of the largest tribes in Taiwan called Ami. Born in a small village of Matailing, located at the east coast of Taiwan. Yo is one of the few Taiwan aborigine artists now works and lives in Edinburgh, England. Yo mainly creates bright vibrant paintings but also work with music and photography. Combining western and eastern art techniques, the colorful and dramatic painting often hides metaphor of his observation about modern society.
Eleng Luluan is an aboriginal of Rukai tribe. Originally, she was active in the floral industry. After being invited to display her installation art projects at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, she decided to start her career as an artist. Recently, she left her hometown Pingtung and moved to Dulan, Taitung. She enjoys creating large installation art crafts on Eastern seashore with driftwood. Her works focusing on Mother Nature which vividly presents human-earth relationships and self-fulfillment.
Graduated from Taipei National University of Arts, Idas traveled to Melbourne, Australia from 2005 to 2009. During her time in Australia, she got to know and experience Australian aboriginal arts. The experience raise questions in her heart: where are the aboriginal arts in Taiwan? What is Taiwan aboriginal arts? After she came back to Taiwan, she started doing research on Atayal and Truku tribes. She blended the life experience of elderlies in the tribes and the contemplations on aboriginal people’s history in her drawings.
Wu Shu-Lun is the marketing consultant and the product designer of Bayi Workshop in Jinfeng, Taitung County. Wu researched the traditional Paiwan lazurite beads for her master’s degree and continue to observe the Paiwan tribal culture. She held ceramic and lazurite exhibitions in National Dong Hwa University, Taitung Sugar Factory Art Village and Eslite bookstore in Taitung. She is also the found of Taitung Dawn Artist Village. 2012, she was resident in Bamboo Curtain Studio.
Margaret Shiu is the director/founder Bamboo Curtain Studio. She is also an artist and a curator. Shiu is also a pioneer in residency and culture exchange projects that encourage and promote Taiwan artists residency programs, through international cooperation and exchange. Furthermore, she conducted many international culture exchange researches, conferences and activities, specifically in art-in-residency program.
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