The “Latin America X Taiwan Street Art Exchange Program “ organized by the Taipei Artist Village is supported by the “Latin America Exchange and Cooperation Subsidy” of the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, which also continues the collaboration project with Bamboo Curtain Studio in 2020, “The Imaginary Land: Convergence Taiwan / Latin America,” so that the exchange between two places would not be interrupted but can be carried on and executed even under the circumstances that the international traveling and physical visiting are still not as stable as usual. Besides the follow-up and strengthening of the 2020 program, we further aim at “street art” as the main theme in 2021’s discussion.
Inside the Treasure Hill Artist Village, there are many walls of public space that were painted by artists and have become popular check-in attractions for visitors. There is also a squash court covered with graffiti works, which is just like an outdoor gallery, and the graffiti works there are spontaneously renewed or added from time to time. Therefore, this project presents Taiwanese artists, Candy Bird and Ting-Tong Chang; Chilean artists Macarena Yanez and Alme, who is now or were once focusing in street art creation to proceed a six-month virtual residency. In addition, the project also includes Hsiao-Chuan Chen, professor of the Latin American Institute of Tamkang University, and independent curator Nobuo Takamori, through their in-depth observations of street art and its long-term development in Taiwan and Chile. This project seeks to understand more about the histories, cultures and politics in two countries, and with an open-minded and experimental spirit, this project aims to encourage artists to combine the virtually and physically creative experiences into their collective artwork.
Contents of the project include the social media and documentary website as an interaction platform, two online artist talks, and site-specific creation in physical exhibition form, etc. The project’s proceedings will be updated at the official website (https://www.artistvillage.org/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/taipeiartistvillage/) of the Taipei Artist Village.