An overseas residency exchange program launched by the Ministry of Culture will help send 24 Taiwanese artists and writers to 13 art villages in six nations around the world.
Being an art village resident in a foreign country is not only a significant experience in an artist’s career, it also serves as an opportunity to connect with the international art community through interacting with artists, curators, and art critics from other countries.
The Ministry has organized the exchange program for over a decade, sponsoring a total of 191 local artists for their residency overseas. This year, the program is extended to literary writers and the final recipients are 16 visual artists, four performing artists, two curators, and two writers.
The two Taiwanese writers are Chung Wen-yin (鍾文音), who will join the Santa Fe Art Institute in California, and Lo Weiwei, (羅浥薇) who will do her residency at the Marnay Art Centre in France.
At a press conference held on March 28 to announce the 24 recipients, writer Chung, curator Lin Jen-chung (林人中), and dancer Lin Yu-ju (林祐如) shared their projects and expectations of the upcoming residency programs.
Chung, who has much experience in writing and traveling, plans to combine literature with painting and photography and do a project from the perspective of a “wanderer” and “traveler.”
The two artists surnamed Lin will both join the residency program at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
The theater curator and trans-disciplinary performer will explore performances and discussions about live art during his stay there, while the dancer said she looks forward to documenting her travels through the body’s postures.
This year’s network of art exchanges will also include Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, and Australia.