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Ace’s work included in two upcoming exhibitions in Taiwan in 2022 and 2023.
Two of Ace’s works, Sign of the Mijibijiw (From beneath the surface) (2020) and Beaded Abstraction (2014) from the Collection of Indigenous and Crown Relations (Gatineau), are included in two upcoming exhibitions at the Tainan Art Museum (TAM) and the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines.
The first venue of the exhibition Persistence/Resistance: Taiwan – Canada Indigenous Art Exhibition, is set to run at the TAM, in the city of Tainan, in Southern Taiwan, from September 8, 2022, to January 30, 2023. It will feature artworks from Canada and from Taiwan. This exhibition will feature some of the best Canadian and Taiwanese contemporary Indigenous art and is the first ever initiative of this nature between Canada and Taiwan.
The second venue for Persistence/Resistance, will be at the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines in the city of Taipei. It will focus strictly on the Canadian works previously displayed at the TAM and will run from March 2 to May 31, 2023.
Persistence/Resistance: Taiwan – Canada Indigenous Art Exhibition
Indigenous Peoples in what is now Canada and Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan share common interests with regard to Indigenous issues and boast strong peoples-to-people connections between and amongst Indigenous groups. . Assimilationist policies and practices have led to the denial of Indigenous rights in the past, including cultural and language disappearance, which are now being revived, reclaimed, and revitalized by Indigenous Peoples. Today, they endeavor in the issue of survival and the matter of transitional justice for reconciliation. Even though this journey might be intricately complicated, their share the same ultimate goal. Today, Canadian and Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples have striven steadfastly for their rights, and have consistently engaged the governments and societies in communication, hoping that more and more people could work together towards a future of ethnic reconciliation as well as co-prosperity and co-existence.
This exhibition starts from the wounds of various nations of Indigenous Peoples – the wounds do not refer to foreign regimes , but what has been “enculturated” through influences of social status and environmental policy throughout the histories of ethnic integration and foreign culture. Such enculturation has not only targeted Indigenous communities, but has also shaped other communities’ viewpoints of Indigenous Peoples. The wounds incised are concealed silently under the surface. Uncovering these incidents, along with the suppression buried in the underlying historical realities, allows us to squarely face the problems involving the rights of Indigenous Peoples. By doing this, reconciliation becomes possible, and we are able to move towards assisting Indigenous Peoples to revitalize their culture and traditional identities, while engaging in the development of four noteworthy facets and topics: “Survival Environment,” “Indigenous Identity,” “Women’s Culture,” and “Ancestral Spirit.”
Contemporary Indigenous communities restart thinking and marching forward , which refers not simply to restoring the historical past or mending missing cultural pieces. Instead, it seeks breakthroughs and improvements to the status quo, using approaches such as finding cultural roots, revitalizing traditions, etc., all of which lead to the possibility of a dimension in which various issues become interwoven and interconnected, while numerous forces and counterforces crisscross and re-construct an intricately networked cultural perspective. This is the objective for which contemporary Indigenous communities are striving for today. In short, their resistance seeks to ensure the survival of their culture; and what they are endeavoring to achieve is the shattering of existing hierarchies, temporalities, boundaries, positions, and power structures in order to usher in possible solutions through means of elevation, renewal, expansion, and reconstruction.
Supervisor: Ministry of Culture, Council of Indigenous Peoples, Tainan City Government
Organizer: Tainan Art Museum, Canadian Trade Office in Taipei
Sponsor: Gloria Material Technology Corp., ABC-ATEC Electronics Group
Special Thanks: Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee
Advisor: Tseng Mei-chen, Indigenous Art Centre, CIRNAC
Curatorial and Exhibition Coordinator: Curatorial Department of TAM