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About the space

Waley Art is the contemporary art alternative space founded in August 2014 and located in Taipei City, Taiwan. It focuses on local culture and history of Galaya - an area in the south Wan Hua District. Waley Art also concerns about our community building, artist-in-residence programs, and international curatorial planning. In 2016, Waley Art held the Galaya art Festival, which themed with the cultural history of the region. In 2018, Waley Art hosted the South Sour Water / Performance and Visual Art Festival and operated the Taiwan Monga Culture Creative Center attached to the Taipei City Government. Waley Art had cooperated with museums, art festivals, biennials and art institutions around the world, including Russia, Poland, Germany, Austria, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Argentina.

About the exhibition

Zoo of Inverted Forms: The Ultimate Other for Imaging Humanity
“Horse” is the animal most often used to introduce Plato’s “Theory of Forms.” According to the philosopher, there is an eternal and perfect horse in the world of forms; however, the horse in the sensual world is only recognized and understood by people as “horse” because it has inherited the form and quality of horse. Plato did not explain how forms were produced; before the East Asian people saw a giraffe, or before the Europeans discovered platypus, where did their understanding of the forms of these two species come from? Perhaps the actual situation was the opposite: mankind does not identify and understand animals through an existing metaphysical knowledge system (such as forms); on the contrary, what we have always been doing is to understand and construct ourselves using animals as the medium of imagination.

Based on this topic, Zoo of Inverted Forms: The Ultimate Other for Imagining Humanity showcases works related to the theme of animals by seven contemporary artists from Taiwan and Russia: Amuse, Lin Pei-ying, Wu Shih-chin, Yao Jui-lan, and Marina Fomenko, Tou Yun-Fei and Chang Teng-Yuan. The purpose of the exhibition is not about displaying the different ways the artists “interpret” animals, but to explore the artists’ presentations of how mankind construct or reflect our specific systems of knowledge, religion, ethics, and aesthetics, through animals. If we never had a comprehensive and thorough knowledge system about animals, then what this exhibition aims to inspire in this age where Anthropocene is a much talked-about term is: we must accept the limitations of the nature of this epistemology, and understand that, on the actual survival level, or a more metaphysical level, such as the imagination and definition of “men,” the idea of myth and religion, and the system of ethics and morality, animals have always been humanity’s indispensable ultimate reference.

Date: 2020/10/24 – 2020/11/29 (Everyday 12:00-19:30)
Venue: Waley Art (No. 6, Lane 322, Wanda Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, 108, Taiwan)

About the curator

CHU Feng-Yi

PENG Tsai-Hsuan
The Founder and Art Director of Waley Art, former executive director of the Taiwan Monga Culture Creative Center. He is the originator of the Galaya art Festival and the South Sour Water / Performance and Visual Art Festival. Peng has worked as the main project investigator with National Taiwan Arts Education Center, Asia Culture Center, Korean and Mediations Biennale Poznań, Poland. He is the organizer of the art administration and curatorial workshop for the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan. In 2015, Peng Tsai-Hsuan won the Best Art Award of the project “Art participate in Community” hosted by Taipei Fine Arts Museum and be invited as the keynote speaker in 2016 Taipei Biennale. He endeavors to support Waley Art cooperate with galleries, art festivals, biennials and art institutions around the world, including Russia, Poland, Germany, Austria, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Argentina.

Participating Artist

LIN Pei-Ying
WU Sih-Chin
YAO Jui-Lan
TOU Yun-Fei
CHANG Teng-Yuan
Amuse (LIN Chien-Yo, LIN Wei-Yo, SU Jia-Xian)
Marina FONMENKO

Lin Pei-Ying, Kaleidoscope of the Universes, 2015-2016, video, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Chen Yen-An.



Lin Pei-Ying, Kaleidoscope of the Universes, 2015-2016, video, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Chen Yen-An.



Wu Sih-Chin, Muntjac Imitation, 2019, single-channel video, 11min 53sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Wu Sih-Chin, Muntjac Imitation, 2019, single-channel video, 11min 53sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Yao Jui-Lan, Cleanliness is Next to Godliness, 2020, single-channel video, 10min 40sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Yao Jui-Lan, Cleanliness is Next to Godliness, 2020, single-channel video, 10min 40sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Amuse, Oil Sousa Chinensis, 2012, FRP, metals, 240 × 130 × 160 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Amuse, Saws Chelonia Mydas, 2012, FRP, metals, 90 × 90 × 90 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Marina Fomenko, Morning Milking, 2018, single-channel video, 5min 37sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Marina Fomenko, Morning Calf, 2018, single-channel video, 6min 16sec. Courtesy of the artist.



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