Date: December 23, 2015
A joint exhibition by indigenous artists Sakuliu Pavavalung and Rahic
Talif is underway at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing their concern for environmental issues in southern Taiwan.
Supported by Kaohsiung City Government’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Boundary Narratives features 22 animations, installations and sketches. It also sheds light on the pair’s interpretations of tribal culture and life experiences.
Bureau Deputy Director-General Liu Hsiu-mei said the event breaks new ground in examining ideological images created through indigenous artistic productions. “The artists shied away from using tribal legend as the main theme so as to foster a deeper contemplation among show-goers of the environment and society.”
Echoing Liu’s remarks, acting KMFA Director Chien Mei-ling said the exhibition underscores the facility’s efforts in promoting contemporary Austronesian art since 2006. “The 14-week event represents the success of this undertaking while offering unparalleled access to leading tribal art in Taiwan.”
A highlight of Paiwan tribal member Pavavalung’s collection is the animation “Rabbits in the Forest.” Based on a pencil sketch “Rabbits on the Road” in his earlier career, the piece evokes memories of a time when the forest was only accessible by those willing to ride motorcycles along muddy trails. The sight of curious animals gazing upon the visitors nods toward a once-harmonious relationship between humans and nature. [FULL STORY]