Destiny Intertwined—A Dialogue between Vincent J.F. Huang and Tuvalu/命運‧交織─黃瑞芳與吐瓦魯的對話─第55屆威尼斯雙年展吐瓦魯國家館續篇 / by Minute Taupo

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Exhibition Introduction 

         The Venice Biennale is an international art festival that boasts over a hundred years of history and is one of the most significant contemporary art exhibitions today. In 2013, Taiwanese artist Vincent J.F. Huang, who has long devoted himself to contemporary eco art, was invited to act as the artist representative for the Biennale’s Tuvalu Pavilion, making him the first Taiwanese artist to officially represent one of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in a major international art event.

         Huang frequently contemplates the following question: “As climate change has become increasingly extreme, how can art assist in ameliorating this global crisis and consequently provide a social function?” Huang advocates the concept of “social sculpture” proposed by German artist Joseph Beuys and is thus dedicated to integrating environmental issues into an artistic campaign that welcomes public participation and raises awareness of climate change.

         In 2009, Huang, who has long emphasized topics in climate change and environmental protection, began to collaborate with the country of Tuvalu in the hope that his art could enhance global awareness of the imminent threat rising sea levels pose to the island nation. Consequently, in 2012, Huang was selected to act as Tuvalu’s delegate to the UNFCCC COP 18, and, in 2013, he became Tuvalu’s representative artist at the Venice Biennale. Later that year, Huang was also selected by the New York Farm Foundation to participate in the Arctic Circle Project. Finally, Huang was presented with Taiwan’s Presidential Culture Award in 2013 in recognition of his outstanding international achievements.

         "Destiny Intertwined—A Dialogue between Vincent J.F. Huang and Tuvalu," an exhibition curated at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei, is the sequel to Huang’s exhibition at the Tuvalu Pavilion during the 55th Venice Biennale. In addition to exhibiting original artworks shown in Venice, during MOCA’s exhibition, Huang further addresses the flooding problem faced by both Tuvalu and Venice. Employing a series of artworks and images infused with black humor, Huang parodies the ubiquitous nature of capitalism, criticizes an economic structure in which natural resources are plundered in the name of development and civilization, and reflects on the price humans will one day have to pay for their ravenous economic pursuits.

         Huang’s artistic works span from musings on countries at the frontline of the climate change crisis, island nations in the South Pacific, to a firsthand account of the large-scale erosion of the polar ice caps via his Arctic Circle Project. In his works and exhibits, Huang consistently poses the following question to the world: “Does the development of contemporary civilization indicate a brighter future or inevitable destruction?” 

         Organized by MOCA, Taipei and the Embassy of Tuvalu in Taiwan; curated by professor An-yi Pan of Cornell University, as well as art critics Szu-hsien Lee and Shu-ping Shih; and set against the backdrop of a modern world in which energy conservation, carbon reduction, and green marketing are already inherent in popular culture, "Destiny Intertwined—A Dialogue between Vincent J.F. Huang and Tuvalu" will undoubtedly inspire a multi-faceted and profound reflection on the world’s unsustainable economic system.

展覽簡介

   威尼斯雙年展是超過百年歷史的國際藝術節,也是全球最重要的當代藝術活動之一;長期致力於環境藝術創作的台灣藝術家黃瑞芳,今年獲暖化受難國吐瓦魯政府之邀,成為其國家館唯一參展藝術家,開創了台灣藝術家在國際大展中代表友邦國家館正式參展之先例。

  「當極端氣候於全球各地肆虐,藝術該如何切入這個世界性的議題,進而發揮社會功能?」這是黃瑞芳身為藝術家長期關注並自我反思的課題。他認同德國藝術家波伊斯 所提的「社會雕塑」概念,致力將他所關注的氣候與環境議題變遷轉化為一種個人實踐與民眾參與式的藝術行動,藉以喚醒人們對於全球環境議題的關懷。

    2009年,關注氣候議題的黃瑞芳,與此吐瓦魯開始合作,希望透過其藝術創作,呼籲全球正視吐國因海平面升高而將面臨的滅頂之災。2012年,黃瑞芳正式獲邀代表吐瓦魯參與「聯合國氣候變化綱要公約」(UNFCCC COP18)峰會,進而於2013年代表吐瓦魯國家館參加第55屆威尼斯雙年展。同年,他再獲選為紐約Farm Foundation北極藝術計劃的年度藝術家,在台灣,他也因為這些國際參與而獲選為第七屆總統文化獎得主。

   此次在台北當代藝術館展出的【命運交織─黃瑞芳與吐瓦魯的對話】,是第55屆威尼斯雙年展吐瓦魯國家館展的續篇, 除了原先在威尼斯公開展出的內容,黃瑞芳將進一步連結島國吐瓦魯與藝術之都威尼斯共同面臨的淹水議題,透過一系列從黑色幽默出發的作品和意象,嘲諷無孔不 入的資本主義,批判工業革命以來人類以文明發展為名而掠奪自然資源的經濟系統架構,省思人類無限追求經濟私利而將付出的慘痛代價。

   黃瑞芳藝術實踐的腳步,從氣候變遷最前線的南太平洋島國,一路延伸到見證冰層巨量融蝕的北極藝術航行計畫,透過創作與展覽,向世人提出了一個大哉問:「當代文明發展是指向明日的美麗新世界? 或是衝向災難與崩潰的終點?」

   【命運交織─黃瑞芳與吐瓦魯的對話】由台北當代藝術館與吐瓦魯共和國駐台大使館共同主辦,並由康乃爾大學潘安儀教授、靜宜大學資傳系李思賢副教授,以及弘光科大藝術中心主任施淑萍擔任策展人,在節能減碳、綠色行銷已蔚成時尚文化和熱門話題的今日,本展對於現今非永續的經濟系統世界,肯定能催生更多面向與深度的思考。

 

     H.E. Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo presented the follow speech at the Opening Ceremony for "Destiny Intertwined" on 30 December 2013:

     2013年12月30日,吐瓦魯國駐華特命全權大使陶敏德在【命運交織─黃瑞芳與吐瓦魯的對話】開幕儀式致詞,其致詞稿如下:

Speech for Exhibition Opening (致詞稿)