Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future

Taipei Biennial with work by Vincent Meessen
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

10/09/2016- 5/02/2017


The Taipei Biennial 2016 proposes to explore different practices of thought, the invention of discursive and performative apparatuses, and the production of models and images leading to heterogeneous narrations allowing trans-disciplinary artistic experiences bound to a ‘critical intimacy’ between the artwork and the visitor. In doing so, it unravels relations to archiving or anti-archival gestures and modes of memorization, to their readings and usage, to their potential appropriations, taking in consideration historical and cultural paradigm shifts. Through acts of deciphering and activation, the biennial embraces the catalytic role of museums in navigating between knowledge systems.
The biennial’s configuration will encompass visual arts, dance, performance, cinema, and writing with historical evocations, editorial platforms, symposiums, and workshops to take place in the museum as well as in cultural venues, theaters and the universities of Taipei as a means to establish collaborations and stimulate a local synergy.


The exhibition and performance program curated by Corinne Diserens includes :
Dareen Abbas, Saâdane Afif, John Akomfrah, Francis Alÿs, Anarchive, Sven Augustijnen & Hannah Ryggen, Teng-Yuan Chang, Chieh-Jen Chen, Eric Chen & Rain Wu, Fei-Hao Chen, I-Hsuen Chen, Tsun-Shing Cheng, Kai-Chun Chiang, Tiffany Chung, Tacita Dean, Manon de Boer, Ângela Ferreira, Peter Friedl, Valeska Gert, Kyungah Ham, James T. Hong, Chia-Wei Hsu, Li-Hui Huang, Po-Chih Huang, Yi-Chen Hung, Heung-Soon Im, Siren Eun Young Jung, Jun-Honn Kao, Yu-Ping Kuo, Latifa Laâbissi & I-Fang Lin & Christophe Wavelet, I-Chern Lai, Yi-Chih Lai, Thị Kim Bạch Lê, Xavier Le Roy, James Ming-Hsueh Lee, Hsu-Pin Lee, Pierre Leguillon, Kuei-Pi Li, Minouk Lim, River Lin, Yi-Wei Lin, Chih- Hung Liu, Vincent Meessen, Christine Meisner, Santu Mofokeng, Jean-Luc Moulène, Reinhard Mucha, Pages magazine, Chan-Kyong Park, Varlen Pen, Jo Ractliffe, Ella Raidel, Yvonne Rainer, Shubigi Rao, Ad Reinhardt, Walid Sadek, Alexander Schellow, Pen Sereypagna & The Vann Molyvann Project, Shake, Nida Sinnokrot, Penny Siopis, Yu- Hsien Su, Nasrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi, Chaong-Wen Ting & Yannick Dauby, Lương Trần, Công Tùng Trương, Po-Hao Tseng & Lecture of Ghost, Hong-Kai Wang, Mo- Lin Wang & Blacklist Studio & Sow-Yee Au, Christophe Wavelet, Witkacy, Chi-Yu Wu & Sum-Sum Shen & Chihying Musquiqui, Paola Yacoub, Wei-Li Yeh & Shih-Chiang Yeh


Practical :
Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) No.181, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist.,
Taipei City 10461, Taiwan