The Series of “Elsewhere and Resistance” ＃2
Yeh Chen-Yu Solo Exhibition
展期 Duration：2017.03.26 – 2017.05.07
地點 Venue：齁空間 Howl Space
主辦Organizer：齁空間 Howl Space
指導單位Advisor：文化部 Ministry of Culture
About the exhibition “Popular Ati”
Ati is a housemaid from Indonesia. She came to Taiwan in 2012 and took care of an old grandma in the deep mountain area, central of Taiwan. Ati grew up in a rural area, and had never tried any Taiwan dishes. She was really anxious to cook Taiwan food the first time under the guidance of the grandma, fire fried wild vegetables for a while, and water-boiled the pork that she had never eaten in her life. After an unsure flurry of cooking, she made a foreign dish for both of them at a table.
Two years have passed, and now Ati is good at cooking. She is at ease in the kitchen, but doesn’t eat so many Taiwan dishes. Are they not her cup of tea? Or is it because of homesickness? A few years ago, I brought the hand stone mill which can make the famous Indonesian food GADO-GADO , and visited Ati and the grandma. Ati was so surprised seeing her familiar stone mill. I consulted Ati on the way to make Gado-Gado, and exchanged Ati’s recipe for the stone mill; Ati got the Indonesian family’s necessary stone mill, and I got the recipe for Gado-Gado.
In 2013, on the other side of the hills, there came another Indonesian nursing worker. Perhaps the mountain life was too boring, as she always clamored for going back home, and later Ati handmade the Indonesian chili sauce by the stone mill and mailed it to her every week. Looking back on Ati’s bad memory of the kitchen before, she consumed plenty of spirit trying to imitate Taiwan dishes under the language barrier, but in the end she used Taiwan mountain chilies to warm her country fellow’s stomach. The stone mill absorbed the peanut oil in the grinding process, and steeped the stone in homesickness.
The mountain kitchen has two stoves; one comforts the old stubborn grandma, and the other one cooks for the dream that came from far over the ocean.
Yen Chen-YU was born in Tapei, 1984. And now he is living and working in Tainan. His works are mainly concerned with the issues of labors, environment and residence. He had collected the waste along the Tamsui river to Bali and used them to build a boat and rowed the boat in the river. In 2014, he and the group “Cooking at the frontline” had exchanged homemade dishes and recipe with local immigrants in Yokohama and through the recipe exchanging to reflect the language and culture of different ethnic groups. The exhibitions he ever joined are including “Romantic Geography A field research and exhibition practice on distribution of urban space”(2014), “Asia Anarchy Alliance”(2014) and “Ctrl Z”(2008).
About the exhibition series “Elsewhere and Resistance”
We talk from the difference that can never be erased.
”Elsewhere and Resistance” is a thematic exhibition that attempts to link the topic with continuous series and phases, by a method of inviting artists individually to explore the different points of view that are represented.
When a period of history is established, it means another one is superseded. The reason makes us always want to look toward the forgotten things. The difficulty of history seems to be established between exclusion and composition; that is, when the surrounding stories or history are established in a place, some are consequently erased. “A resounding story is a single melody, which expelled the sound of other fugitives.”(Note 1.) Nevertheless, things have the necessity to be remembered, to complement and enrich the blank of history, but also to be forgotten in the meantime. Yet, why should some things be remembered, and others hopefully forgotten? Or, who can’t speak, and who can be a substitute for whom in speaking? Or, is it possible not to rush to talk, but to listen first?
The exhibition is titled “Elsewhere and Resistance” due to the consideration for the relationship of art and places. On the one hand, artists attempt to link places together and recreate a new piece through the individual differences of local context. On the other hand, art is not just endless shaping of the emotions of a place, but to find the future possibilities of both sides. The art is based on places, but is the escape from the geographic frame to see ourselves in another way.
Based on the above thought, the topic of the exhibition, “Elsewhere and Resistance” is developed. In the beginning, three artists Liu Chih-Hung, Yeh Chen-Yu, and Lin Yu-Ting are invited to response to the topic and to create a new start as individual solo shows. The word “Elsewhere” is based on a discussion of otherness, and contemplation of the relationship between the geographical place and us. The word “Resistance” means the contradiction and difficult-to-solve situation between both sides of surroundings.
Liu Chih-Hung starts from his planned artwork series “Sound Geography”, as the way of a traveler who randomly encounters people, conversing with them in unfamiliar environments and creating the text and images of sound by listening. Yeh Chen-Yu focuses on the issue of migrant workers. He uses food recipes as a medium involving Indonesian domestic helpers who work in Taiwan, and tries to open two cultures’ original gap, and the possibility of mutual understanding. Lin Yu-Ting’s object is a nameless path that incidentally goes back and forth from her childhood. She returns to the path and sees the old scenes that have disappeared, so she decides to draw an architectural mock-up for those new buildings. Among her glittery and happy advertisement, she mourns the passing of ordinary things.
*(Note 1): The Intimacies of Other Humanities – Lisa Lowe in conversation with Hong-Kai Wang, Oct. 2015）
The Intimacies of Other Humanities – Lisa Lowe in conversation with Hong-Kai Wang, Oct. 2015