Broadcast online from Taipei on Jul 2, the 20th Taishin Arts Award ceremony proved to be a memorable occasion in more ways than one, as Mr. Wing Theatre Company became the first recipients in the history of the awards to win in multiple categories in the same year.
New citywide initiative Art Week Tokyo to launch in November
Tokyo is getting a new, citywide art initiative, it was announced Aug. 25. Scheduled for Nov. 4–7, the inaugural Art Week Tokyo will be a showcase of one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic art scenes.
【PR】 19th Taishin Arts Award announced
After a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the winners of the 19th Taishin Arts Award were announced in a livestream presentation on Jul 10. The award is one of Taiwan’s most prestigious honors in the fields of art and culture, conferring NTD 1.5 million to a grand prize laureate and NTD 1 million each to laureates in the visual arts and performing arts categories.
【PR】 18th Taishin Arts Award announced
Against Again Troupe is the Annual Grand Prize winner of the 18th Taishin Arts Award, it was announced in Taipei on Jun 6. Taking home NTD 1.5 million, the troupe received the prize for White Clear Song, directed and written by Snow Huang.
ARTISTS AND CULTURAL WORKERS’ STATEMENT ON GENDER EQUALITY AND “AFTER ‘FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION?’”
We, the undersigned artists and cultural workers, feel compelled to speak out against the closure of “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’” at Aichi Triennale 2019 from the perspective of gender equality—one of the stated principles of the Triennale’s organization. One of the primary targets of the harassment and threats of violence received by the Triennale was the sculpture Statue of Peace by Korean artists Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung, a work inspired by the voices and experiences of the women who suffered under the “comfort woman” system of forced prostitution, sexual slavery, and human trafficking exploited by the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy in military campaigns in the Asia-Pacific from the 1930s onwards.
KOKI TANAKA: A DELAYED STATEMENT ON THE REFRAMING OF MY WORK
The problem behind the closing of “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’” was initially an operational problem of “risk management.” But now I think the situation is gradually sliding into a problem of self-censorship by Aichi governor Hideaki Omura and artistic director Daisuke Tsuda in the name of “safety.”
AICHI TRIENNALE 2019 ARTIST STATEMENTS
The closure of “After ‘Freedom of Expression?'” at Aichi Triennale 2019 has set off a chain reaction of responses from artists in the exhibition, beginning with requests by Minouk Lim and Park Chan-kyong for their works to be withdrawn from the Triennale submitted on August 3, the same day as the announcement of the closure. Many of the Triennale participants are still considering what actions to take, and how they can stand up for freedom of expression. Some are acting in groups, others individually. This page has been set up to document the statements that accompany their actions.
We hereby present the temporary artist-run space Sanatorium. “Curating is curing,” writes Boris Groys in his book Art Power. “It is not a coincidence that the word ‘curator’ is etymologically related to ‘cure.’” While there is no curator here, in the spirit of the root meaning of curation, we are operating Sanatorium as a “prescription” for the situation we currently find ourselves in.
MINOUK LIM STATEMENT
Censorship is illegal. Despite of this fact, “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’” was unjustly removed from the Aichi Triennale. In protest of this decision, I voluntarily forgo the opportunity to exhibit my work.
PARK CHAN-KYONG STATEMENT
As a participating artist of Aichi Triennale 2019, I’m very saddened for not being able to show Child Soldier to the Japanese and international audiences in Aichi. I have insisted on withdrawing my work Child Soldier from the exhibition. My withdrawal is in protest against the censorship of the exhibition “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’”