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TFAM awards rev up creativity engines

Rewritten by Leo Maliksi

The first Taipei Fine Arts awards were held in 1983, and since then has been recognizing the Taiwanese artists whose creativity in modern art have brought honor to the city and to Taiwan. The winners have thus become icons for the visual arts on this island.

On Thursday, Dec. 20 at 3:30 pm, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum held an awarding ceremony and press conference. TFAM announced the 280 winners from 14 categories of art creations. Wang Liencheng’s (王連晟) “Reading Plan” won the top prize of NT$550,000 and a chance to have an exhibit of his art work at TFAM. Five winners were chosen for the Excellence Awards: Yu Xuan (于軒); the Walking Grass Agriculture Art Group (走路草農藝團); Lin Yi Qi (林羿綺); Zhang Yunwei, Zhang Yunhan (張允菡); Zhang Wen Xuan (張紋瑄). Eight winners were chosen for the Finest Awards: Qiu Ziyan (邱子晏); Dondon Houmwm (東冬侯溫); Ghost Mountain Ghost Shovel Art Collective (鬼丘鬼鏟); Chen Cheng Yu (陳呈毓); Chen Yichun (陳依純); Guo Yuping (郭俞平); Jia Qianru (賈茜茹); and Rao Jiaen (饒加恩).
 
Personal Experience, Collective Resonance
 
Jia Qianru’s series of creations are scenes of the exhibition venue digitally mixed with scenes from other places. They bring spectators to a multi-dimensional world of images.
 
The Walking Grass Agriculture Art Group depicted the estrangement of those living in our world from those who have departed to another life. His creation sought to express the emotions contained in our cherished yet disconnected memories.
 
Qiu Ziyan’s film images sought to arouse images in the spectators’ minds of a time when speaking languages other than Mandarin was forbidden in Taiwan.
 
Dondon Houmwm presented the art, performances, beliefs, ceremonies and traditions of the aboriginal tribe that he comes from – Taroko’s Tongmen aborigines.
 
Guo Yuping expressed his personal reactions at having to move to another country and the memories he retained of Taiwan. He sought to have spectators consider the infinite chasm that separates the state of utter deprivation and finding a home.
 
Lin Yiqi (林羿綺) demonstrated his perception of the complex interactions between history and culture. He focuses on how overseas Chinese in Southeast Asian countries deal with the question of identity.