Taiwan

On a Beautiful Sink

The idea of Taiwan, the very notion of Taiwanese as a category, is historically a troublesome albeit intellectually fascinating one. The condition of fictionality that is its foundational myth seeps into every aspect of its cultural production, and again rears its head in the country’s representation at the 2013 Venice Biennale. And in the burden of its naming emerges assurances of artistry, of the aesthetically satisfying. Formosa: cradle, transient, transit, surrogate – intersection of globalism and capitalism before the other China’s global capitalist flight; always and already the site of escape and displacement, from Chia-Wei Hsu’s work “Marshal Tie Jia” to Katerina Sedá’s “This Is Not a Czech Pavilion.”

So it is that the Taiwan Pavilion welcomes its first multinational team to test the dynamic possibilities that can reside within the creative energies of heterogeneity. And in divergence rests promise. This, even as one of Taiwan’s own is drawn into – taken flight, so to speak – extending the impetus of incongruence, as art representative of… the Tuvalu Pavilion.

Lim Lee Ching & Jeremy Fernando

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Pavilion

Organizer/Commissioner:
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Artists:
Chia-Wei Hsu; Bernd Behr; Katerina Šedá
Curator:
Esther Lu

Curator

Name:
Esther Lu
Gender:
Female
Born:
1977
Lives and works in:
Taiwan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Katerina Šedá
Gender:
Female
Born:
Czech Republic, 1977
Lives and works in:
Czech Republic
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Bernd Behr
Gender:
Male
Born:
Germany, 1976
Lives and works in:
The United Kingdom
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Chia-Wei Hsu
Gender:
Male
Born:
Taiwan, 1983
Lives and works in:
Taiwan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Politics & Economics

State System:
De-facto independent semi-presidential republic ruled as the Republic of China
Ruling Political Party:
The Chinese nationalist anti-communist conservative Kuomintang
Population (World Bank, 2011):
23,299,716
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
$20,328
Net OECD ODA Aid Donated (2011):
$381,240,000
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
No data

Alliances


WTO

Conflicts

Country independent since:
De facto independent since 1949
Colonial History:
Former Dutch colony
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
No ranking
Nuclear Force?
No
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:
After the Chinese civil war, the national government fled to Taiwan as the communists established the People’s Republic. Since, Taiwan ('The Republic of China') claims the sovereignty over China while China (PRC) claims sovereignty over Taiwan. Taiwan is recognised by 22 UN countries and the Holy See. China has however severely isolated Taiwan diplomatically. Ongoing territorial disputes with China, Philippines, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia.