The museum denies that criticism of Ping Lin's curatorial choices led to her abrupt resignation.
Date: December 9, 2020
The artwork in question, I-DEN-TI-TY, an installation by local artist Mei Dean E, features 15 golden plates that represent the countries with which Taiwan has broken diplomatic relations, shrouded in textiles bearing phrases such as “shame” and “disgrace.”
First created in 1996, the work was updated this year for “The Secret South: From Cold War Perspective to Global South in Museum Collection,” an exhibition of art from developing countries in southeast and western Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands.
According to ArtAsiaPacific, Taipei city councilor Yu Shu-hui called the installation “an incitation of xenophobia, or a pure rage out of resentment” in a Facebook post that has since been deleted, and demanded that the artwork be removed. Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je added to the controversy by saying that, if one of the countries in Mei’s piece complained, “we should give the director Lin Ping a demerit.” [FULL STORY]