If on the margin, draw a coordinate
策展人 Curator：羅秀芝 Sandy Hsiu-Chih LO
The margin usually refers to the verge of an area. Borderlands and islands have some geographic significance. Borderlands are regions far from the center, and islands are isolated lands surrounded by water. In contrast, compared with borderlands and islands, margins can better refer to states of instability. Therefore, marginalization is often used to describe the phenomenon of people or things moving in the opposite direction of the mainstream—that is, non-mainstream and non-central.
Non-central and non-mainstream marginalization can take various forms of marginalization, such as politics, economy, culture, geography, race, gender, ecology, values, and so on. At the same time, various forms of marginalization may also be interconnected, and it is difficult to separate them for inspection. The marginalized groups are not pure and mean. Therefore, under the name of "If on the edge, draw a coordinate", this art festival attempts to give utterance from the margins in order to unlock the initiative of the margins, focusing on the margins to draw coordinates in order to outline a new ethical map.
Starting from the margins, artists use archival research, field investigations, image production, text writing, artistic actions, and other methods to dare to challenge mainstream norms, resist the existing social order, re-correct ethics, and draw critical, autonomous, and liberated marginal coordinates. Each margin is the center, where the coordinates are drawn. Individual artists use different reference systems to draw completely different margin coordinates. In these coordinates, the marginalized is no longer just the persecuted under humanitarian care, but a subject with its own initiative. In the 2020 Green Island Human Rights Art Festival "If on the margin, draw a coordinate” conducts marginal narration from marginal perspectives to carry out the social practice of emancipating the marginalized.
Remembrance & Marginalization: the TNUA Special Exhibition
策展人 Curator：王寶萱 WANG Pao-Hsuan
Taking “remembrance and marginalization” as the main theme, this special exhibition features the history of Green Island as an exile colony for political prisoners of Taiwan during the martial law period. It responds to the island’s entangled “mainstream-marginal” relations intersected by Taiwan’s authoritarian past and this outlying island’s geographical location. More specific, this exhibition aims to reverse the stereotypical thinking, redraw ideational coordinates, and reconsider how the Taiwanese society can confront/remember this piece of history, thereby addressing the issues concerning contemporary democracy.
The marginality is always defined by the mainstream hegemony. The choice of remembering and telling stories of the marginality counts as a form of resistance against the hegemonic “national memories.” Accordingly, the purpose of redrawing ideational coordinates is not so much to replace one narrative with another as to shatter the unity of identity narratives. Meanwhile, it questions/cogitates on the mainstream narrative consolidated by each representation, insofar as to maintain the critical power of arts. Covering a broad spectrum and recounting heart-touching stories of people, this exhibition shines a spotlight on the genuine emotions, aspirations and struggles of sui generis individuals as the victims of the totalitarian regime, thereby igniting an imagination beyond the mainstream narrative constructed by the state apparatus, a more fertile, vivid and contemporary imagination about the memories of Green Island as an exile colony for political dissidents.