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ABOUT VT

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A young artist-run group named Very Temple formed back about 20 years ago in Taipei, Taiwan. At its initial stage, the group has allied with various parties, holding exhibitions on an irregular basis with no fixed exhibition venue, and achieving their artistic ideals with guerrilla-like practices. The group members might not have imagined that “Very Temple” could stick to this course for 20 years. It can be said that this group has carved out an evolutionary path of art. In 2006, this guerrilla force with united talents resulted in the establishment of VT Artsalon (hereafter referred to as VT). This gallery complex was found by a team of curators and artists, including Jui-Chong Yao, Wen-Chi Chen, Wei-Cheng Tu, Chun-Hao Chen, Sean C. S. Hu, Dar-Kuen Wu, Hui-Yu Su, and Isa Ho. They orientate VT towards transdisciplinary performance, exhibition and exchange, and devote their energies to promoting arts outside the mainstream. With the spirit of local touch and innovation, VT has made several adjustments to its space in the following years. It made a new start after moving to its new home on Xin-Sheng North Road in 2012. Since then, it has re-orientated itself towards holding professional exhibitions and developing various interlinking art projects.

In addition to the regular exhibitions, VT focuses on the multi-angle extension as well. Since 2014, VT has started a series of worldwide exhibitions, such as a three-year exhibition/residential exchange project with Apartment der Kunst in Munich, and showcases with am art space in Hong Kong, SGFA in Malaysia, Marso in Mexico, GUP in the Netherlands, Casino in Luxembourg, and so on. VT has been invited to several art fairs in Paris, France, Germany, Busan, Seoul, Gwangju, Korea and Beijing, China. From 2017, VT has officially launched two major international exchange projects, Island Hopping Project – Empire Retrograde and Younited States, which have collided the sparks between Taiwan and other countries and created various groundbreaking ideas. Besides, VT also brings young curators and art administrators to the world, cultivating their universal vision, the way of getting along with art workers from around the globe, as well as a better international literacy of art. It is hoped that more talents will be encouraged, and more Taiwanese art workers will shine on the global stage.

Furthermore, VT has invested its efforts in cultivating Taiwanese young artists and art workers through hosting various open calls and projects, such as Very Period for art administrators and researchers, VT Open Call for curators, Very Show for fledgling young artists, and Very View for young art critics. In 2019, VT has launched a young art worker cultivation project, integrating relevant plans and momentum step by step. VT believes that with long-term and stable cultivation as the primary, and the spirit of innovation as the supplement, it can gradually cultivate and support the next generation of artistic talents.

During operation, VT always ponders the role and the significance of Taiwan as a member of the world, together with how to rebuild a new cultural and political context under the premise of using art as the method. Accordingly, Taiwan can build a positive relationship with other countries, and at the same time to benefit from it. Since 2008, VT has continued to conduct various international exchanges in the form of joint exhibitions, residencies, forums and publications. In 2018, there was a brand-new chapter of VT: it was transformed from an artist’s space into an artist-run-space as collective art or project. From then on, VT started to create a platform as the cohesion within the Taiwanese art community, and the basis to integrate Taiwan’s art, artists, curators, critics, and administrators to stand on the international stage.

MEMBERS

吳達坤

Wu Dar Kuen

藝術家/獨立策展人,現任臺灣當代文化實驗場資深策展人。長期關注當代藝術與亞洲文化生成演變的過程,藉由藝術語言反思亞洲社會現況,思考如何以藝術作為方法面對全球化、新自由主義的影響下實踐「藝術無國界」的理念。MORE

 

姚瑞中

Yao Jui Chung

1969年生於台灣台北,作品涉獵廣泛,主要探討人類某種荒謬處境,早期作品以幽默手法對「正統性」進行顛覆。也透過攝影裝置手法,呈現台灣特有的一種虛假、疏離的「冷現實」。並整理過去在台灣各處踏查拍攝的廢墟照片,延續「人類歷史的命運,具有某種無可救藥的荒謬性!」創作主軸。MORE

 

胡朝聖

HU Sean C.S.

出生於臺灣,輔仁大學大眾傳播系廣播電視組畢業,紐約流行設計學院(Fashion Institute of Technology)藝術管理碩士。現為胡氏藝術公司執行長及双方藝廊創辦人、忠泰建築文化藝術基金會榮譽董事、臺灣視覺藝術協會顧問、臺北市政府市政顧問。MORE

 

蘇匯宇

Su Hui Yu

1976年,出生於台灣。影像、媒體、史料與日常生活交織後的複雜現象吸引著蘇匯宇,過去他以錄像探討大眾影視媒體對人們觀看的影響,以及人們對媒體的思想與慾望的投射。近期蘇匯宇開始著迷於古籍與稗官野史的閱讀經驗,透過重讀、重敘與重新組裝過往時代的書籍,獲取對於身體、存在與歷史等課題的重新認識。MORE

 

涂維政

Tu Wei Cheng

1969年生於台灣高雄。創作將「自我」異變成「體制」,作品擬造考古背景真實所編造的「歷史證據」,將「科技擬古物」與不同文明、不同時代的特有形制相互拼貼,在作品中包覆交融當地傳說與當代現象,產生歷史與真實錯置的謬誤感,指涉他所理解的資訊文明狀態,並思考社會普遍存在文化主體認同的歧異與焦慮症。MORE

 

陳文祺

Chen Wen Chi

曾任寧波大學潘天壽建築與藝術設計學院教授、實踐大學媒體傳達設計學系副教授兼系主任、所長。現為無用設計藝術工作室負責人。設計作品見於國際文博會、展演空間、公共藝術、私人商業空間、舞台視覺空間、展場設計等。專業於跨領域整合創作與設計,並擔任擔任多項國內外藝術與設計大展策展人。MORE

 

陳浚豪

Chen Chun Hao

1971年出生於台灣南投,自2009年底,開始以「蚊釘」創作。利用木工裝潢時所使用的特殊「蚊釘槍」,進行古畫的臨摹創作。對他來說,這樣的臨摹是極為個人式的創作行為,同時也延續了先前的創作慣性 ─ 「在材質的限制性下尋找創作的可能性」。陳浚豪運用蚊釘與傳統書畫的水墨置換,視個人的臨摹為「再創作」的創作方式,將眾多書畫典範,以當代書寫的方式,賦予其嶄新的面貌。MORE

 

何孟娟

Ho Isa

1977年生於台灣基隆,當代攝影藝術家。2001年畢業於國立藝術學院美術系,2005年畢業於國立台北藝術大學美術創作碩士班。曾獲台灣新人獎、台北獎入選、高雄獎、Archisle攝影獎、伊勢基金會獎、皮克泰攝影獎提名、亞洲先鋒攝影獎提名,以及ISCP紐約駐村、巴黎「西帖藝術村」駐村。MORE

 

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