Taiwanese Artist Opens Tuvalu National Pavilion at the 56th La Biennale di Venezia/台灣藝術家主持第65屆威尼斯雙年展吐瓦魯國家館開幕典禮 / by Minute Taupo

On 6th May, 2015, Taiwanese Artist Vincent J.F. Huang opened the Tuvalu National Pavilion at this year’s La Biennale di Venezia in Italy. Mr. Huang was accompanied at the opening by Tuvalu Government Special Envoy Honorable Samuelu Penitala Teo and his wife Mrs. Miliaga Samuelu Teo, who were specifically appointed by Tuvalu’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Honorable Taukelina Finikaso. The Pavilion will be open to visitors from 9th May to 22nd November, 2015 and was curated in cooperation with Dr. Thomas J. Berghuis from the Guggenheim Museum.

The 56th La Biennale di Venezia is entitled “All the World’s Future” and focuses on methods by which artists make sense of current issues through their works. This year’s Tuvalu Pavilion features a flooded landscape in which visitors cross through an exhibition hall on slightly submerged footbridges within a space consisting of only sky and water. Inspirations for the pavilion are Tuvalu’s current battle to overcome the threats of climate change and the writings of Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi in “Free and Easy Wandering.” In the pavilion, Huang expresses the idea that, in direct contrast to the precepts proposed in Zhuangzi’s text, modern people no longer live in harmony with the natural world and thus have brought disaster upon themselves.

Vincent J.F. Huang has created work inspired by Tuvalu’s current environmental predicament since 2010 and has previously participated in the La Biennale di Venezia on Tuvalu’s behalf in 2013.

2015年5月6日,台灣藝術家黃瑞芳於義大利主持威尼斯雙年展吐瓦魯國家館開幕典禮。吐瓦魯外交部部長費尼卡索特別指示吐瓦魯國政府特使特奧及其夫人參與典禮,以表示吐瓦魯政府對黃老師的高度支持。今年吐國國家館由古根漢美術館人員Thomas J. Berghuis擔任策展人。該館將從2015年5月9日對外開放至11月22日。

第56屆威尼斯雙年展主題為「全世界的未來」;其出發點為藝術家如何透過作品解讀時事。有鑑於此,黃瑞芳老師以吐瓦魯因氣候變遷所遭受的威脅,以及中國哲學著作《莊子》開篇〈逍遙遊〉所討論的自然議題為打造吐國國家館的靈感。在設計吐國國家館時,黃老師思考的是,因為現代人的生活方式與〈逍遙遊〉所推崇的「天人合一」之道剛好相反,所以才造成現代社會所遭遇的環境災害。為了體現此困境,今年吐國國家館採用了「水淹形式」:觀眾穿越展覽館時,步行在淹沒的橋樑上,展覽館的空間僅由天與水所組成。

自2010起,黃瑞芳老師以吐瓦魯所遭遇之環境威脅為出發點創作藝術作品;2013年,黃老師首度代表吐瓦魯參與威尼斯雙年展。

Photo Credit: Vincent J.F. Huang

Photo Credit: Vincent J.F. Huang