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Searching Kipakim - 2022 Art-in-Residency Group Exhibition in Kacalisian Art Village

Searching  Kipakim - 2022 Art-in-Residency Group Exhibition in Kacalisian Art Village
Searching for a scene called memory
Curator / Etan Pavavalung

Some memories are always sought by the mind, even as time passes by.
The Typhoon Morakot disaster in 2009 forced three tribes, including Paridrayan in Sandimen Township, Makazayazaya in Ma Township and Qucapungan in Wutai Township, to migrate from their original villages in the mountains to Rinari at the foot of the mountain. In Rinari, it has been 12 years since we moved to the new settlement. In the fifth year after moving in (2015), the Indigenous Peoples Office of Pingtung County Government held the first art event in Rinari, and "Slope" was born. The word "Kacalisian Art Village"(Art Village on the Slope) is also the starting point. A disaster made the three primitive tribes adjoining each other to form a community of destiny. A disaster inspired the new artistic creation energy of the local tribesmen, derived the "1n1 original space" in Rinari, and also launched the dream of "Art Village" and rebuild the road.

In the past two years, we have experienced the impact of the global epidemic. Whether it is a city or a tribe, it has caused inconvenience and scars to life and soul. Although Taiwan's epidemic prevention effectiveness has been recognized by the international community, the disaster that the epidemic has brought to the world has finally left us. Many people are frightened and looking for the support of life in fear. "Looking" seems to have become a new and important keyword.

I am delighted that the "Kacalisian Art Village 2022" artist-in-residence project will be held as scheduled this year. In addition to experiencing the pulse of tribal life and the humanistic space of Paiwan and Rukai people, they also borrow with art as the connection, we will "find a scene called memory" together with the tribesmen. Deng Wen Zhen combined blue dyeing, embroidery and other multi-media materials to describe the migration path of the tea tribe. On the south Ailiao River, the tribe took the seeds that symbolize endless life, looking for the way home. The "red beech wood" painted by Wang Xiuru and the elders of the Qucapungan tribe by using block printing techniques is a beautiful stop on the way to the old Qucapungan in people's common memory. The young Ke Yiting and Angela explored the flow consciousness and self-identity of points, lines and planes from the weaving texture. Chen Zhengdao and the elders of the Dashe tribe learned about "blue sun plants", and used video and music to find the appearance and imprint of the tribe. The abstract paintings of American artists Bryan and Joel and Filipino artist Yee Chung Kee provide another viewing perspective, endowing the tribe with a sense of memory and the meaning of rebirth.

It is expected to take "Searching" as the curatorial proposition, to find the shelter of memory for those past life scenes, and also to find the power of stability, breathing and smile for those humanistic stories that will be forgotten.

Venue|Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Cultural Park

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