Taipei, 7 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Taiwan’s Eslite Gallery is currently presenting “No-Mad-Ness in No Man’s Land” to be on display until 22 December 2013. The show is co-curated by Leeza Ahmady and Ombretta Agró Andruff, and is to examine the nomadism of contemporary migrant artists who de-territorialise the origins of their work.
“No-Mad-Ness in No Man’s Land” features a selection of works by artists from Asia and the Middle-East, each of whom engage in the act of moving, travelling, and renewing traditional nomadic ideas in the context of contemporary living. This movement allows artists to escape fixed notions of identity, which might otherwise be imposed upon them by their countries of origin or adoption.
Since the beginning of the modern era, the word “nomad” has been used to refer to someone who moves for several reasons, though is generally associated with someone who wanders aimlessly in the wild, at the mercy of weather and the environment.
The project “No-Mad-Ness in No Man’s Land” is in perpetual renewal, with the curators having created a mimetically nomadic exhibition, which is to travel to different countries, incorporating works by different artists as it does – aiming to broaden the dialogue on contemporary nomadism.
Participating artists currently include Khadim Ali, Said Atabekov, Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan, Lara Baladi, Jeanno Gaussi, Mariam Ghani, Reena Saini Kallat, Jagannath Panda, Yelena & Viktor Vorobyev and Sharif Waked.