To deepen collaboration and mutual understanding with Latin America through cultural exchanges, the Ministry of Culture has selected ten Taiwan teams in 2017 to visit Latin American nations through a grants program encouraging cultural exchanges among personnel from Taiwan and Latin America.
The collaborative projects encompass different fields such as music, theater, visual arts, film, and community building. A summary of this year’s participating projects can be found below:
VideoBardo International Videopoetry Festival
Established in 1996, VideoBardo International Videopoetry Festival is an Argentina-based event that features text art such as words, letters, speeches, speaking, writing, and signs in audiovisual works. The project by the Art Shelter and Cinema showcased different styles and aesthetics of Taiwanese videopoetry through an exhibition at VideoBardo.
Ana Woolf’s “Seeds of Memories”
Ana Woolf is an Argentinean theater director and co-founder of Magdalena 2a Generacion, a Latin American Network of Women in Contemporary Arts. She visited Taiwan upon invitation by Uhan Shii Theatre (歡喜扮戲團) to introduce Latin American culture through performances and workshops.
The Golden Canoe
“The Golden Canoe” was adapted from the Mayan folk story “The Land of the Pheasant and the Deer (La Tierra del Faisan y el Venado)” by Antonia Mediz Bolio. Sun Son Theatre (身聲劇場) collaborated with Mexican theater director Adriana Duch Carvallo to explore timeless Mayan imagination and beliefs about the world through a masked performance.
Osiris and Ganesha
The “Osiris and Ganesha” project marks the first collaboration between VT Artsalon (非常廟) and Marso Gallery, one of the most influential contemporary art galleries in Mexico. Taiwanese artists Su Hui-yu (蘇匯宇), Chen I-hsuen (陳以軒), and Chen Che-wei (陳哲偉) joined the gallery’s exhibition “Osiris and Ganesha” with artists from America, Mexico, and Japan. Featuring installation arts, photography, video, and mixed media, the month-long exhibition explored space, time, and history through Egyptian and Hindu mythology.
More information on the Ministry’s grants program can be found at: Grants for Cultural Exchanges and Collaborative Projects with Personnel between Taiwan and Latin America.