The 2010 edition of the Taipei Biennial (TB10), co-curated by Hongjohn Lin and Tirdad Zolghadr, is an exhibition that deals with the politics of art biennials. Lin explains, 'By exploring what a biennial can do and can be, a moment of restraint is afforded in which to set aside political or ethical tirades on global injustice and to reflect on the biennial's origin, function, size and scale. By turning an exhibition inward and, in fact, against its grain — dissolving the supposed boundaries between artistic and curatorial practices, discourses and reception — this exhibition unravels the conventionally discrete artistic presentation that is otherwise mystified.' Instead of maniacally pursuing size or occupying external exhibition spaces, it links together independent art spaces in and around Taipei in the effort to participate in existing art production mechanisms at all levels and to engage in local dialogue. The exhibition features many process-oriented works and a high proportion of restricted-space productions and art events, referencing the 2008 Taipei Biennial where appropriate, and inviting critics to conduct on-site observation during the planning stages. Together, these approaches challenge the established structure and parameters of biennial exhibitions.
This English exhibition guide is published on the occasion of the Taipei Biennial 2010 from 7 September to 14 November 2010. It includes curatorial statements, brief descriptions of artworks, and schedules of TB10 events, talks and screenings. A Chinese version of the guide is also available.
Please note that only Asian artists are listed below.
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