IA&A at Hillyer: Invasion & Fluid Boundaries: Four Artists from the Pan-Austro-Nesian Arts Festival

By Editorial Team on May 2, 2022

Sat, 07 May 2022 - Sun, 26 June 2022

Labay Eyong, My Body is Half of a Mountain, 2021, Mixed media, 90 x 90 x 180 cm
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6 from 6pm to 8pm

On Friday, May 6th, the general public is invited to attend an opening reception for Fluid Boundaries: Four Artists from the Pan-Austro-Nesian Arts Festival and Invasion. Wine and refreshments will be provided.

May 7 – June 26, 2022
International Arts & Artists, its board and staff, in the spirit of its mission to “increase cross-cultural understanding internationally,” condemns the war begun by the Russian government and stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

Invasion is a special exhibition that was organized in conjunction with IA&A’s Call for Artists to submit art in response to the war in Ukraine. Unlike Hillyer’s annual call for artists, this special call is a non-juried submission process intended to draw a wide range of responses from artists—both local and national—of support and solidarity for the people of Ukraine in the face of a catastrophic, illegal invasion. Like many of our most noted exhibitions of the past, Invasion poses a remarkable opportunity to see and hear what artists have to say about war and its impact on society

Fluid Boundaries: Four Artists from the
Pan-Austro-Nesian Arts Festival
May 7 – June 26, 2022
Fluid Boundaries, a conceptual body of work highlighting the transient and amorphous aspects of artists’ self-identity, explores cultural characteristics that are in a constant state of flux. The featured artists in this exhibition—Labay Eyong, Idas Losin, Chang En-Man, and the Tjimur Dance Theatre—navigate this discursive terrain by pondering the roots of their identity, while offering new insights into contemporary society and the richness of Taiwan’s ethnic people and cultures.

The path of self-discovery taken by each artist reflects the linguistic trajectory of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, the northernmost clans of the Austronesian language. The “Pan-Austro-Nesian” arts festival, in its 2021 Taiwan debut, adopted the vocabulary of the Austronesian language and deconstructed it, to invite a deeper contemplation of the island’s history. In this sense, the concepts of “Austro” and “Nesian” enjoy relative openness, while “Pan” signifies common ground through the universality of contemporary art, where issues are shared in a global cultural context.

Talk with the Curator
Saturday, May 7, 1 to 2 p.m.

Lily Hsu, a member of the curatorial team at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, will lead a gallery talk of the special exhibition Fluid Boundaries: Four Artists from the Pan-Austro-Nesian Arts Festival. Lily Hsu will talk about the concept for the exhibition and provide background information about the artists Labay Eyong, Chang En-Man, Idas Losin, and the Tjimur Dance Theatre.

The program is free to the public. Registrations are encouraged, although walk-ins will be accepted, provided there is room.