Exhibition on past, present indigenous cultures opens at MOCA Taipei

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/12/2020
By: Chu Hsiang-ping and Kay Liu

Curator Akac Orat explains the arrangement he planned for Heidi Yip’s painting. CNA photo Dec. 11, 2020

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) An exhibition that highlights indigenous cultures of Taitung County, past and present, opened Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Taipei.

Titled "Hatch, a Dream at the Far Edge," the exhibition at MOCA Studio features the work of three artists and artifacts selected by curator Akac Orat (陳豪毅).

The displays include a modern piece titled "Fawah," which is a 5-meter long canoe crafted by Amis artist Lafin Sawmah, who said he had no experience with that kind of work.

"Fawah" by Amis artist Lafin Sawmah. CNA photo Dec. 11, 2020

Lafin said, however, that when he was a child, he felt a great connection to the ocean, which persisted into adulthood whenever he returned to his coastal hometown and when he was an artist in residence in the Philippines. Based on his imagination of how his Austronesian ancestors sailed and traded between islands, he crafted the canoe, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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