The Taipei Fine Arts Museum has announced that Amy Cheng Huei-hua (Taiwan) and Barbara M.R. Vanderlinden (Belgium) will be curating the 台北雙年展 Taipei Biennale in October this year. Starting out with a well-placed swipe at the “political enemy across the Taiwan Strait”, the Taiwan News managed to return to the topic, and interview the two curators.
Revealing a rough sketch of what’s in store at this cultural event, Vanderlinden said that she would emphasize the concept of citizenship rather than ‘personal identity.’
“Citizenship is how people define their participation to the society,” she said philosophically.
“The construction of identity that a person acquires in a place he is used to might not give him the same confidence in another, because the recognition is different in another context.” explained Cheng.
“Therefore, he or she would have to build up another approach to constructing identity. This will be my theme when I work on the biennial,” she continued.
The vision of the two female curators this year would be to bring the visitors to confront their own identities and embrace the changing context of globalization.