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Artistic residency has turn into broadly followed in Western international locations whereas just recently having develop into well known and well-supported inside of Taiwan. This booklet explores the demanding situations that this way of paintings perform confronted in modern Taiwan from the revocation of Martial legislations in 1987 to the 2000s—arguably probably the most fascinating classes within the sociocultural historical past of the island. Case experiences exhibit what's at stake politically, traditionally, and socially in artists’ endeavours to offer form to a feeling of Taiwanese identity.

Despite the superiority of artists engaged in social concerns in today’s global and the indisputable contributions of inventive residency to modern paintings perform, little literature or scholarly examine has been carried out at the functional, conceptual, and ideological facets of artist residency. quite often, it truly is perceived in very slim phrases, overlooking specific or hidden problems with localism, nationalism and globalization. If inventive place of dwelling did certainly emerge from the unconventional activities of the Sixties and 70s within the Western world—and specially Britain—then this ebook argues that the modern sociocultural context of Taiwan demands redefined, culturally-specific types of residency.

The precarious geo-political scenario of Taiwan has made problems with cultural identity—tackled through artists and successive governments alike—very delicate. a brand new style of creative place of abode in Taiwan may suggest that artists concerned from no matter what cultural history function as engaging interpreters; their roles wouldn't be restrained to mirroring tradition and society. those artists-in-residence could give a contribution to cultural awakening through supplying methods of negotiating creatively with otherness, and this for the sake of a higher social lifestyles and shared identification.

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