Accompanied by ROC Representative to France François Chih-chung Wu (吳志中), Deputy Minister of Culture Hsiao Tsung-huang visited Taiwanese artists serving residency at the Cité internationale des arts (Cité) on July 2 to learn more about the latest development in cultural exchanges between Taiwan and France.
After visiting the Taiwanese artists in their individual studios and the exhibition space of the world's biggest artist-in-residence program, the Deputy Minister met with Cité Director General Bénédicte Alliot and exchanged opinions on the current model of cultural cooperation between Taiwan and France, with special regards to the prolific artist-in-residence programs of the latter nation. The Cité has received over 25,000 artists from 90 nations since its opening in 1965.
Later, they jointly attended a workshop in which Taiwanese indigenous artist Sakuliu Pavavalung (撒古流・巴瓦瓦隆), the winner of Taiwan's 20th National Awards of Art, explained how his works are affected by the traditional culture of his tribe and how his works are transforming contemporary interpretations of the current status of Taiwan’s indigenous communities.
Taiwanese artists currently residing in the Cité also include choreographer Hsu Chen-wei (許程崴), whose work "Purgatory (肉身撒野)" was presented at the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac to celebrate the opening of a Taiwanese-organized Taoist paper art exhibition called "Palace Paradise."
Curator Yves Chunta Chiu (邱俊達) also completed an experimental curation plan named "arts in jetlag Paris" at the Cité in cooperation with artists from various countries, while director Liao Jiun-cheng (廖俊逞) produced "How Long is Now? (一瞬之光)," which was well-received when it was performed by Taiwanese troupe Formosa Circus Art (福爾摩沙馬戲團) at Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in February.
Taiwanese musician Hsin-chun Chou (周新純) has been invited by Institut Français to perform his creations, which combine classic, modern, fashion, and contemporary music with theatrical and audiovisual elements. Artist-in-residence Li Li-chin (李俐錦), a well-known sheng player and composer, has also been invited by Tout Pour la Musique Contemporaine to play her works.
As the partnership between Taiwan and the Cité celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, Alliot suggested to Deputy Minister Hsiao that both parties can expand the scope of exchange by co-curating a prominent exhibition to review this three-decade history. She also proposed launching a transnational curator-in-residence project involving specialists from Taiwan, France, and Japan.
Her suggestions were praised by David Kibler, cultural counsellor of the French Office in Taipei (Bureau Français de Taïwan), who was also on Deputy Minister Hsiao's delegation to France.
Cité Director General Alliot will visit Taiwan this September to keep up with Taiwan's prominent art and cultural organizations and related resources.
Every six months, the Ministry of Culture funds three Taiwanese artists to reside at the Cité internationale des arts. Both the Ministry and the Cité hope that this cooperation will make the Cité not only a place where Taiwanese artists and curators can reside to produce creative works, but also a platform where Taiwan and France can engage in deeper exchanges.