Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Room of Her Own

展出地點 Venue/高雄駁二藝術特區 自行車倉庫(高雄市鹽埕區大勇路1號)
                          The Pier-2 Art Center, Bicycle Warehouse
主辦單位Organized by 高雄市政府文化局‧駁二藝術特區
策展人 Curator謝慧青 Hui-Ching Hsieh
協同策展人Co-curator彭佳慧 Jia-Huei Peng

「如果一個女人要寫作,就必須有收入和一個自己的房間。」維吉尼亞‧吳爾芙在她的小說《一個人的房間》(A Room of One's Own)中,所宣示的是,女性要進行創作,必須擁有不僅是具體而實在的獨立空間,也需擁有象徵不被打擾的自由心靈空間。



A Woman Must Have a room of Her Own
By Hui-Ching Hsieh and Jia-Huei Peng

“The Room of Her Own” event includes a group exhibition of contemporary art work and a film festival. Female artists from Taiwan and Hong Kong were invited to participate and the organizers provided a display space designed to facilitate interaction and dialogue between their works. In this context, the artists focused on the life experiences of women. The combination of refinement and richness of emotion evident in the pieces on display showcased the visual aesthetic style of the work, while also highlighting the unique nature, inner strength and tenacity of female artists. In this contemporary art venue, the artists embraced white as their keynote color, choosing to work with a wide range of materials, including paper, white porcelain, fiber, cloth, plaster-of-Paris and sponge gourds - all items that women encounter on a daily basis. The different works related deeply moving stories that are usually hidden from view.

In the book A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf alludes to the fact that women at home tend not to have their own study or the social standing they deserve, nor do they have the same educational or employment opportunities as men. As a result, female questions and ways of thinking are often submerged in household chores and lost in the flow of historical narrative. What Woolf implied when she said women needed “A room of their own” was that if they are to create then women need not only a concrete and independent space, they also require a free spiritual space where they cannot be disturbed.

This exhibition asks visitors to make the connection from “a room of one’s own” to “The Room of Her Own” because it is the journey from one to the other that allows the artists to blossom in the white display rooms. Within these four walls they can create art, read, think, space out, they can even lock the door and indulge themselves. Visitors are encouraged to linger in the rooms and just soak up the spiritual awakening on offer there.


Reviews- Artists Magazine/ 2012 May Issue

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