Renowned Taiwanese architect Huang Sheng-yuan (???), artist Wang Wen-chih (???) and acclaimed illustrator Jimmy Liao (??) have been invited to take part in an international art forum in Japan on Oct. 17.
All three men were invited to attend the third edition of the Setouchi Asia Forum, where they will appear remotely from Taiwan via video link. They will present photos paired with a few short reflections and discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their creative lives, while also providing insight into their expectations and goals in the post-pandemic world.
The theme at this year's forum is an online program titled "Artists' Breath Live," with 50 artists from around the world, including the three Taiwanese attendees, talking about how as artists they are living, thinking and creating in the midst of the pandemic.
The forum was first launched as part of the Setouchi International Art Triennale in 2016, with the goal of establishing an international platform for individuals with experience of regional revitalization.
The triennale was launched in 2010 as a vehicle to revitalize areas surrounding the Seto Inland Sea that suffered from depopulation.
In an interview with CNA, Huang revealed that he was originally invited by Fram Kitagawa, the organizer of the forum who is also the general art director of the triennale, to redesign the area that gave birth to the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, another event organized by Kitagawa.
Unfortunately, the length of the pandemic has meant that Huang and Kitagawa have been unable to fully cooperate during the pandemic, but they have stayed in touch and are waiting for the right time to restart their project together.
Huang said Kitagawa brought up the forum in one of their exchanges, inviting him to take part and help boost the morale of fellow artists during this trying time.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel