艾佛雷多與伊莎貝爾・阿奎禮贊 串連台灣在地農業的「左翼計畫」

Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan "The Left Wing Project" in Taiwan

時間:2018年10月 Date: October, 2018

藝術家:艾佛雷多、伊莎貝爾・阿奎禮贊 Artist: Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan

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左翼計畫:透過當代藝術反思農業議題

當代藝術的養分始終來自我們身處的社會環境,菲律賓藝術家組合阿奎禮贊夫婦(Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan)的「左翼計畫」(The Left Wing Project)便是從地理歷史、文化政治角度切入東南亞地區的農業議題,透過農民耕種用的鐮刀,創作大型裝置雕塑與繪畫,帶起在地社群對農業議題的重視與討論,此計畫將在明年10月於路由藝術登場,並集合藝術家、農業議題專家等舉辦系列論壇講座。

選用鐮刀作為創作基礎並非偶然。在以先進國家自稱的台灣,仍有相當大比例的農夫在耕種收割時只能選擇使用鐮刀,這不僅帶出台灣可耕面積有限的先天條件,更突顯因農地破碎(註1)而無法擴大經營的困境;1940年代後,台灣歷經土地改革政策、經濟發展策略變更,乃至後期致力推廣的產業轉型等,使得作為農民象徵符號的鐮刀,在經濟、歷史、社會文化層面上皆飽含意義,也再次回過頭來提醒我們:尚未解決且不被重視的台灣當代農業問題,再再使得農民們必須採取激進手段才能獲得注目。

串連在地農業議題   阿奎禮贊夫婦的社區藝術行動

阿奎禮贊夫婦的創作計劃向來自議題出發,將帶有使用經驗與情感記憶的物件融入創作,與群眾建立相互依存的鏈結。在經歷印尼日惹、菲律賓塔瓦科兩地後,計畫來到台灣便是從「募集二手鐮刀」出發,串連農業相關基金會、社會企業如「直接跟農夫買」(註2)等機構,向全台各地農夫募集二手鐮刀(註3),連結藝術家與台灣農村的真實互動。

2015年「左翼計畫」以印尼作為首站,從米價問題延伸至對社會政治的思考,藉由懸吊的鐮刀翅膀影射政治上的不安定,作品受新加坡美術館永久收藏。而在菲律賓塔瓦科,同樣向當地居民募集鐮刀,以創作反映該地混雜勞動與血汗的歷史背景,獲得傑出亞洲藝術獎項觀眾票選首獎。

台灣農業多元紛雜的特性,與東南亞諸國相比更屬特別,這也使得阿奎禮贊夫婦對台灣的農業發展歷程產生極大興趣,希望透過這一個案反思各國的農業政策,同時補足台灣當代藝術環境裡,農業議題討論缺失的板塊。

 

註1:農地資源盤查資料

註2:為長期關注農業議題的社會企業,透過重組關係疏離的都市與鄉村,找回環境生態、生產者、消費者間的公平友善關係。

註3:二手農用鐮刀募集

1. 種類:長度約 30 至 40 公分之二手農用鐮刀

2. 時間:即日起至 2018 年 3 月。

 

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The Left Wing Project: Reviewing Local Agricultural Issue

The nourishment of contemporary art always comes from the society and the environment in which we live. Filipino artist couple Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan usually have collaboration with local community in their projects, including workshops and other cultural exchange events. “The Left Wing Project” has been started since 2015, which focuses on agricultural issues in Southeast Asia in historical and geographical perspective. After Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Tabaco, Philippines, they take Taiwan as the next stop of their project in 2018.

The artists have learned that the most serious problem now in Taiwan is “the inappropriate usage of farmlands (note.1)”. This could be attributed to unclear regulations and flipping real estate. In Taiwan, the so-called developed country, still has a large part of farmers that could only use sickles to farm and harvest. This condition not only manifests the congenital problem of separated landform which deepens farmers’ inability to expand their farming fields, resulting in the limitation of machinery manipulation, but also shows that the predicament is becoming worse now.

Creating with local farmers in Taiwan

The key point of The Left Wing Project in Taiwan will discuss local land problems mentioned above with sickles.

SICKLE is an essential tool for farmers when they harvest crops annually. Also, it could be interpreted to multiple meanings in economic, historical, social and cultural contexts. As an artist group who are familiar with blending used objects with memories into works, Aquilizan would like to collect second-hand sickles, which contain the original owners’ using experiences, from farmers and agricultural-related institutions in Taiwan, and then start a discussion about agricultural issues in the context of contemporary art.

Thus, "The Left Wing Project in Taiwan" will launched the event "Second-hand Sickles Recruitment" with agricultural-related foundations and social enterprises such as "Buying Directly with Farmers (note.2)" first this year. A series of workshops and lectures will also be held along with the opening in Oct. 2018 for the sake of real interaction between Taiwanese farmers (note.3) and International artists Aquilizans.

 

Note 1: Datas surveyed by the government

Note 2: Buy Directly From Farmers” (BDFF) is a group dedicated to Taiwanese farmers since 2010 and officially registered as a social enterprise in 2014.Our goal is to provide a solution for a sound environment,creating a harmonious relationship between the city and countryside.

Note 3: Second-hand Sickles Recruitment

1. Type: 30-40cm used sickles

2. Duration: From now to March, 2018

If you are interested in participating in “The Left Wing Project”, please fill the form below or call (02)3322-6207, email gallery@nunufineart.com. We are grateful for your participating.

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