Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) has announced artist Shu Lea Cheang to represent Taiwan at the next 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2019. Since the pavilion began hosting solo exhibitions, the artist is the first woman selected to represent the country at the Venice Biennale, in the setting of Palazzo delle Prigioni, Venice.
In the words of Ping Lin, director of TFAM, “In recent years Taiwanese artists and art institutions have elevated their participation in the global art community, generating a more refined and complex network of connections…Shu Lea Cheang, a pioneer of net art, not only in Taiwan but around the world, emerged as the first choice.”
The Taiwanese artist is known for her net art installations, films and art actions, which investigate the grey area between technology and humanity. She cofounded Kingdom of Piracy, an online workspace to promote free sharing of digital content and ideas, while her net art work Brandon, 1998-1999, is the first web artwork commissioned and collected by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The exhibition will be curated by Paul B. Preciado, who has conducted leading researches about gender, sexuality, and body studies. Preciado taught in Paris and New York , was Head of Research at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona and Curator of Public Programs for Documenta 14 in 2017.
Taiwan in Venice
58th International Art Exhibition – Collateral Events
Venice, May 11 – November 24, 2019
- Artist Su Lea Cheang and curator Paul B. Preciado