Taipei and Perth officially became sister cities in 1999. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this relationship, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) are jointly organizing a series of events centered on Taiwan-Australia exchanges. The first of which is “Island Tales: Taiwan and Australia|Taipei←→Perth” at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, opening from November 16 to March 1, 2020.

“Island Tales: Taiwan and Australia” is curated by Chien Cheng-Yi of Taipei Fine Arts Museum. When visiting Perth to do research, the curator was inspired by her experiences of local culture and chose the concepts of “tales” and “storytelling” as the exhibition’s core themes. She aims to build a domain where imagination and reality intermingle through the subjective narratives of the artworks. The exhibition features 13 contemporary artists and art collectives from Taiwan and Australia, exploring the distinctive perspectives of both lands through tales, false histories, anecdotes and personal memories.

Estuary: Return to the Novel (2019) by Kao Jun-Honn, Abbot Lin, and Master Hsin-Miaw

The Taiwanese artists include Chang Wen-Hsuan, Chihhung Liu, Chiu Chen-Hung, Kao Jun-Honn, Abbot Lin, Master Hsin-Miaw, Wang Ding-Yeh, and Yang Chi-Chuan​. Their artworks revolve around the narrative axis of history, cities and memories, deconstructing and reconstructing stories from Taiwanese memory that seem familiar, as if they have already happened to us.

The seven artists or groups from Western Australia are Dan McCabe, Eva Fernandez, Gregory Pryor, Jacobus Capone, Olga Cironis, Pilar Mata Dupont, and York Noongar Community with Community Arts Network. Their art is similarly centered on history, memory, and connections to the land. Highlighting distinctive elements of Western Australian culture, such as native animals and aboriginal symbols, their works take visitors on a cultural journey to the far reaches of the South Pacific.