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Contemporary Taiwanese Art in the Era of Contention

Yen With Hsiao Chong-Ray And An-Yi Pan Chuan-Ying

ISBN 10: 9570169273 / ISBN 13: 9789570169270
Published by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2004
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Title: Contemporary Taiwanese Art in the Era of ...

Publisher: Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Contemporary Taiwanese Art in the Era of Contention focuses on the period since 1987, when the late president of Taiwan, Chiang Ching-kuo, lifted nearly half a century of martial law. The period since this historic change witnessed the most radical and contentious social and political transformations in the island's history, and inspired a younger generation of artists, fascinated by global artistic trends, to employ new means and forms to define "their" era. Liberation of thought during this unprecedented period of openness provided a critical breakthrough and opportunities to overcome the limitations to artistic expression that characterized the martial law era. The redefinition and redistribution of Taiwan's political and ideological map engendered interests in new subjects in Taiwanese visual culture. Many taboo topics of the past, such as ethnicity, sexuality, homosexuality, feminism, postindustrial culture, and cross-strait relations, became the foci of intense scrutiny and lively discussions among artists and the broader public. In addition, fascination with and concerns about the possibilities and limitations of technology, including the Internet, propelled a new generation of Taiwanese artists to fully participate in the larger social, cultural, and political debates. The exhibition, curated by An-yi Pan, Cornell assistant professor of history of art, examines contemporary Taiwanese visual culture through the lenses of cultural identity and historical memory. Several factors contribute to complex issues of Taiwanese identity: the island's status as an independent political entity, but with a profound, yet ambiguous relationship with mainland China, both historically and currently; its non-nation status in the international political arena; centuries of colonial dominance of the island, followed by nearly half a century of authoritarian rule.

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