Drawing on my new book, Imagining Taiwan: the Role of Art in Taiwan’s Quest for Identity (Brill, 2018), this talk will reflect on the issues and challenges involved in researching, writing and curating art from Taiwan, and the value of intercultural dialogue and collaboration. Imagining Taiwan explores the interrelationship between art and identity issues in Taiwan through the production, exhibition and reception of art in local and global contexts. The book is the culmination of more than two decades of academic and curatorial research in Taiwan, and I will also talk about a selection of exhibitions I curated which were also an outcome of this research. These exhibitions include: Ink Remix: contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (2015-17-touring); Penumbra: New Media Art from Taiwan (2007); Islanded: contemporary art from New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan (2005-06 – touring and co-curated with Eugene Tan and Lee Weng Choy), and Face to Face: contemporary art from Taiwan (1999-2000).
Dr Sophie McIntyre is a curator, art writer and lecturer. Her recent book, Imagining Taiwan: the Role of Art in Taiwan’s Quest for Identity (Brill, 2018) was based on her PhD, which she completed at the Australian National University in 2013. She has worked in art museums for more than 20 years, in Australia and New Zealand, and curated over 30 exhibitions, including several from Taiwan and mainland China. Her texts have been published in periodicals, catalogues, books and other arts publications. She is a lecturer in the Faculty of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology.