Taiwan’s Public Programs at the Venice Biennale Focus on “Island-Thinking”


Starting Thursday, April 18, at the Palazzo delle Prigioni, “Public Forum: Thinking Like an Island” presents public programs about “island-thinking” during the opening week of the 60th International Venice Biennale. This programming is linked to Yuan Goang-Ming: Everyday War, the Taiwan Collateral Event, organized by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

On the afternoon of opening day, “Public Forum: Thinking Like an Island” will highlight island-thinking as a methodology for survival and touch on what it means to be an island at a time when rising tides are a reality. Artist Yuan Goang-Ming, curator Abby Chen, and three curators from the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), Tate Modern (UK), and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum will discuss the exhibition Yuan Goang-Ming: Everyday War. Afterward, Iraqi artist Ali Yass and Palestinian artist and curator Joud Al-Tamimi (both based in Berlin), will present a communion with past-present yearnings and unfinished political projects in “Live Performance: Go Tell It to the Mountain.”

Islands can be shelters, connecting points, spaces for exchange, and places of transformation, but they are also considered areas of conflict and negotiation. The public forum plans to take the artists’ observations of convergence and diaspora, as well as depictions of Taiwan’s situation, as a starting point for connecting curators, performers, and interdisciplinary practitioners from multiple regions to participate together, in response to the Biennale Arte 2024’s theme, Foreigners Everywhere.


Yuan Goang-Ming: Everyday War: Opening Public Programs

Thursday, April 18, 4–5pm | Palazza delle Prigioni, Venice, Italy

Public Forum: “Thinking Like an Island”
Speakers: Yuan Goang-Ming (Exhibiting Artist), Abby Chen (Exhibition Curator), Naz Cuguoğlu, (Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & Programs, Asian Art Museum), Hera Chan (Adjunct Curator, Asia-Pacific, Tate Modern), Birde Tang (Curator, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum)

Live Performance: “Go Tell It to The Mountain”
Performers: Joud Al-Tamimi (Artist, Curator), Ali Yass, Artist


For more information, visit tfam.museum.



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