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Tuvalu pavilion at Venice Biennale goes on display in Taiwan
Central News Agency
2013-12-30 11:29 PM
Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) Tuvalu's national pavilion at the Venice Biennale held earlier this year, which featured Taiwanese artist Vincent J.F. Huang's art installations, is now on display in Taipei. The project, called "Destiny Intertwined," highlights the idea that Tuvalu's fate is closely connected with the rest of the world, according to 42-year-old Huang. One of the works is a nearly six-meter-tall interactive installation that combines a fuel truck nozzle, a turtle and a bull. Turtles are an important species in Tuvalu, while the bull is a symbol of capitalism because of the famous bull statue on Wall Street, Huang said at the opening of the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Monday. "When you press the nozzle, the bull rises and the turtle is guillotined," Huang said, while introducing the installation. Huang was the first Taiwanese artist to represent Tuvalu at the major international art exhibition in Venice. He has visited Tuvalu twice to carry out eco-art projects aimed at drawing more attention to the country's vulnerability to global warming and threat of rising sea levels. When the Tuvalu government decided to participate in this year's Venice exhibition, they could not think of an artist who understood the threat facing Tuvalu better than Huang, said Minute Alapati Taupo, Tuvalu's ambassador to Taiwan, at the opening. This exhibition shows the deep relationship between Huang and Tuvalu, Taupo said. It also offers an "opportunity for Taiwanese citizens to more comprehensively understand Tuvalu," he added. Huang's latest exhibition in Taipei will run through Feb. 9, 2014. It follows an exhibit he designed for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Warsaw in November -- a horse-drawn cart that rode the streets of the Polish capital carrying the Wall Street bull to call attention to the crisis facing Tuvalu. Last year in Qatar, Huang's "Animal Delegates" depicted some of the creatures that could be the first victims of global warming, such as penguins and turtles. Concerned about the peril of rising sea levels faced by the South Pacific nation, Huang visited the island country in 2010 and 2012, where he set up art installations in a bid to draw attention to the crisis. Tuvalu is one of 22 countries with formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan. "Through the power of culture, we can let more people see Taiwan," said Huang, who received a Presidential Culture Award last week. (By Elaine Hou)
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