mgluw tuqiy na Temahahoi / 找尋迭馬哈霍伊的路徑 / Finding Pathways to Temahahoi: Ciwas Tahos 林安琪 Anchi Lin
mgluw tuqiy na Temahahoi
Finding pathways to Temahahoi
Curated by Daniel John Corbett Sanders
Artspace Aotearoa is proud to present mgluw tuqiy na Temahahoi/找尋迭馬哈霍伊的路徑/Finding Pathways to Temahahoi, a solo exhibition by Taipei (Taiwan) based artist Anchi Lin/Ciwas Tahos (Atayal, Hō-ló). Lin’s performance and new media based practice weaves indigenous Atayal worldviews through moving image, performance and cyberspace to claim a self determined queer space.
mgluw tuqiy na Temahahoi/找尋迭馬哈霍伊的路徑/Finding Pathways to Temahahoi takes us on a journey into Temahahoi; a place that Atayal legend says, where only women live. Temahahoi represents a decentralised queer space situated outside of colonial interpretations of queer discourse. Lin recalls personal memories, dreams, and stories with elders of Temahahoi in her multimedia installation of performance, moving image, and cyberspace to interrogate sovereignty, and ways to imagine a space for connection in the wake of loss, displacement and disconnection.
Atayal stories tell of how the women of Temahahoi possess magical powers with the natural world of animal, mineral and vegetable: they sustain their lifeforce from smoke and steam, and can become impregnated by the wind from sitting on a rock. Of specific significance for Lin is the Temahahoi women’s ability to commune with bees. Lin’s empowerment of Temahahoi is subversively political and implicitly radical - she uses her body as a medium and site through which vulnerability is a provocative, powerful force to explore concurrently, propositions for a vital indigenous and queer futurity.
林安琪 Anchi Lin (Ciwas Tahos)
Anchi Lin (Ciwas Tahos) is a performance and new media artist of Taiwanese Indigenous Atayal and Hō-ló heritage based in Taipei, Taiwan. Following completion of a Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Art at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Lin is pursuing a Master of Fine Art in New Media Art at Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). Through her artistic practice, Lin seeks out new forms of understanding beyond the hegemonic worldview using video, performance, cyberspace, and installation.
Recent significant projects include Pswagi Temahahoi, Suaveart for Jatiwangi Art Factory in Documenta 15 (Indonesia/Germany); Perhaps she comes/to__Alang in Phantasmapolis Asia Art Biennale, 2021(Taiwan); The Land in the Middle of the Pond commissioned by the Green Island Human Rights Art Festival, 2021; The Mask and Canoe in Silent Carnival: The Sight of Gender in Taiwan, Taoyuan City Indigenous Culture Centre, 2020; Unripening – Recipes for Decolonization at Alternator Contemporary Art Centre, 2019 (Canada); performance artist for the 24th NIPAF’19, 2019 (Japan). Lin recently won first Prize for the TNUA Genie Lab Art Competition.
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