Exhibition on past, present indigenous cultures opens at MOCA Taipei

Taipei,  An exhibition that highlights indigenous cultures of Taitung County, past and present, opened Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Taipei.

Titled “Hatch, a Dream at the Far Edge,” the exhibition at MOCA Studio features the work of three artists and artifacts selected by curator Akac Orat (陳豪毅).

The displays include a modern piece titled “Fawah,” which is a 5-meter long canoe crafted by Amis artist Lafin Sawmah, who said he had no experience with that kind of work.

Lafin said, however, that when he was a child, he felt a great connection to the ocean, which persisted into adulthood whenever he returned to his coastal hometown and when he was an artist in residence in the Philippines. Based on his imagination of how his Austronesian ancestors sailed and traded between islands, he crafted the canoe, he said.

Meanwhile, a painting by Hong Kong-born Canadian artist Heidi Yip (葉海地), depicting the islet of Xiaolanyu off the coast of Taitung, eastern Taiwan, is also on display at the exhibition.

Yip said she painted the island after she saw it bathed in light and was told by local elders that it is seen as a sacred place.

Her painting is displayed in an arrangement that includes a pot and several small figures selected by the curator, who said he hoped such displays would spur conversation and prompt visitors to learn more about the stories behind the items.

The exhibition also features pieces from the work and collection of Maraos, a resident of Orchid Island, and crayon paintings by his grandmother that portray the history and various other aspects of island.

The exhibition will run through Feb. 21, 2021, with a guided tour by Maraos scheduled for 2 p.m. on Dec. 26, according to the museum.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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