2019 Asian Art Biennial: Chapter 1 | National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

January 2020

Running into its 7th edition in 2019, last year’s Asian Art Biennial was hosted at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung City (臺中市), Taiwan (臺灣), co-curated by Ho Tzu-Nyen (何子彥) from Singapore and Hsu Chia-Wei (許家維) from Taiwan.

When I was a kid, two of the many things about Taiwan that we were taught in school, were Alishan (阿里山) and Sun Moon Lake (日月潭). [The Strangers from Beyond the Mountain and the Sea 來自山與海的異人], the title and the location of the Biennial seemed more like an intentional choice rather than a coincidence. The concept of the Biennial was deciphered with the help of the curators by an illustrative diagram, which was set out to be the blueprint of the entire Biennial and in which, was fresh.

In between the highs and the lows, the rocks and the clouds, the sea and the mountain, the water and the plate, enter the ‘void.’ According to one of the curators, the ‘void’ acts as an empty space, a mandala, as well as a centre point for human or ’Stranger’, to rethink creatively of the position that it plays among all of a greater system in a newer version of our world among many other objects, things and beings, to address certain urgent issues, a political and ecological crisis that the world, and especially Asia, is currently dealing with. We would like to present a 2-part visual documentation of the Biennial, for the second chapter of the series, please follow the link.

Introduction & Editor: Axel Wang

Photography & Design: Axel Wang

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. View more
Cookies settings
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active

Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy
Order and Shipping
Return and Refund Policy

This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) provides information regarding the management and protection by SYNONYM of personal data processed from website visits, purchases, calls and surveys. It also explains the process to exercise individual privacy rights regarding one’s personal data held by SYNONYM. SYNONYM respects every visitor’s right to privacy and is committed to personal data protection. By using the site you agree to the terms and policies, which may change occasionally.


The personal information we collect from you may include name, contact details such as email address, telephone number and residential or work address, as well as payment information when you submit an online order, emailing us information in regards to an order, creating an online account, and/or subscribing to the newsletter.


The information provided by you will only be used for its intended purpose unless otherwise noticed. Such collected information is used for providing goods and services that are requested, as well as for communication and website operation purposes. We may admend the terms or policies occasionally, you may also be notified if we consider any of the amendments is important enough.


The information you provide may be disclosed to trusted partners of SYNONYM’s, who would need such information in order to provide goods or services on behalf of SYNONYM. You give the consent to the disclosure of the information when such request for goods or services is made. Any legal binding requests regarding disclosure of your personal information from government or law enforcement bodies we may have to comply. Under the circumstance where a request for information from other third parties is made, including potential buyers of the business or assets, we may be required to transfer collected data as assets, other data collected from you including website usage, browsing and operation histories and patterns may also be disclosed and transferred though statistics generated from our customers will remain anonymous and de-personalised.


Your data is stored and protected on our system for as long as necessary, our website and server provider will also ensure that your personal information is guarded against any illegal or unauthorised attempt or usage. No data transmission over the internet and wireless network is guaranteed to be 100% secure however, though we strive for protection any information you provide is at your own risk. You are within your rights to see, correct or delete all the information about you that is held by us; if you no longer wish to receive any materials from us you are entitled to withdraw your consent, please inform us at hello@synonym.jp.

5. Cookies

Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your hard drive to store and sometimes track information about you. Cookies are common and won\\\\\\\'t do anything to harm your system – they simply store or gather information and for you to get the most out of the visit you make to the website. Information from your computer including IP address, operating system and browser type may also be collected, Cookies are unable to identify your passwords entered or credit card information; you may change your browser setting to prevent any acceptance of Cookies. The anonymous data we collect using Cookies on the website is only used for providing better services, it will never be used for the purpose of any targeted advertising. You agree to our use of Cookies by using the website.

Save settings
Cookies settings