本展覽預計分為四個子題：一、力量、自主話語與聚集 ; 二、河流與地景 ; 三、行走作為藝術實踐；四、人類與環境的互惠，來回應整個展覽的核心精神，並邀請國內原住民族藝術家：張恩滿 CHANG, En-Man、峨冷．魯魯安 Eleng Luluan (安聖惠)、阿儒瓦苡．篙瑪竿 Aluaiy Kaumakan（武玉玲）、宜德思．盧信Idas Losin 和挪威海岸薩米族藝術家瑪莉塔．伊莎貝爾．思璐法給 Marita Isobel Solberg，將其對不同議題內容的關懷，統整在此四個子題之下的深入討論及其延伸，並試圖從女性藝術團結的激撞，創造更多可能思考的面向和觀點。 Resurgence and Solidarity:Indigenous Women’s Art Across the Borders Curator｜Biung Ismahasan
A woman’s voice is like a drop of water, and the voices of a group of women can be condensed into a power resembling a cultural river that amplifies their individual voices to bloom collectively in a space. The female body is the first dwelling place for human beings in this world. Women’s energy is strong and gentle. In every generation, they exist quietly and solidly. Through the powerful objects in their hands, they project their authentic inner states as well as lived and subconscious experiences that are gradually pieced together in their life journeys, responding to the texture of ethnic cultural memory and to drastic changes in the environment.
“Across the borders” does not merely refer to borders that divide nations but also those that separate urban tribes and Indigenous communities, different groups and cultures – in short, borders form the boundary within each individual. However, as any individual group can no longer be independent from the collective today, the world has indeed become a community of life. Although every one of us lives in a different environment and culture, we all face and need to overcome the same issues. Observing cultural loss in Indigenous communities and noticing Indigenous migration and diaspora in cities, Indigenous women artists realize that underneath the seemingly dissimilar issues and concerns is a common feeling of uncertainty ensuing the awakening of Indigenous Peoples despite their varied environment. Cultural loss is not only caused by colonization; it is also resulted from a changing environment. Each one of us might pay attention to different issues, but every individual is a voice that is waiting for feedback and resonance, the sparks that are created by our “encounters.”
At the core of this exhibition is the need for women’s “togetherness” because we need to unite. Resurgence and Solidarity: Indigenous Women’s Art Across the Borders serves as a way to utilize both collective power and individual thinking. Whereas one woman artist might not be able to detect all problems in her environment and from her perspective, each of the women artists employs a different approach and direction to demonstrate their viewpoints about their concerns through artistic creation, exploring the same issues in varying ways or engaging in different issues through similar approaches. Working through togetherness, this exhibition aims to present the knowledge, values and methods of these Indigenous women artists and gather their physical experiences and life stories to further initiate an alternative culture and usher in new solidarity for generating resonance and locating the roots in a global space of disorder, obscurity, uncertainty and awakening.
Resurgence and Solidarity: Indigenous Women’s Art Across the Borders, through Indigenous communities, cities and regions in Northern and Southern hemispheres, explores conflicts, thoughts and concerns surfacing in Indigenous migration, in the reorganization faced by both humanity and nature after changes occur, as well as in uncertainties following the post-colonial awakening of Indigenous Culture. Featuring four Indigenous female artists from Taiwan and one Sámi female artist from the northern coast of Norway, the exhibition investigates the artistic processes “across the borders” from their creations involving personal experiences, life memories, and cultural changes. The exhibition asks how time and history might be compressed and condensed into a spatial model of women’s unity through lived experiences in the gendered body. Questions about the disappearance of class and culture, women’s right to speak, and environmental care are of vital importance to many female artists, and their art with a familiar backdrop of reality offers both a response to and an escape from inner struggles.
This exhibition consists of four subthemes: 1. Power, One’s Right to Speak and Unity; 2. River and Landscape; 3. Walking as an Art Practice; and 4. Mutual Reciprocation Between Humanity and Environment. These subthemes respond to the core spirit of the entire exhibition. Through the works of the Indigenous Taiwanese artists, including CHANG, En-Man, Eleng Luluan, Aluaiy Kaumakan, Idas Losin, and the Sami artist, Marita Isobel Solberg from the Norwegian coast, the exhibition integrates their concerns over varied issues into these subthemes through their careful, deep exploration, offering new aspects and perspectives through the activation of female artistic unity.