駐村藝術家薇拉萬．維昂通(Wilawan Wiangthong)個展《《聖母之境》》 Into the oyster heaven
時間 Date2023-09-21 ~ 2024-02-18
A fairyland of the characterized identity of motherhood appeared in an art exhibition in the form of installation art presented through the identity of the oyster, a Tainan native aquatic animal and economic animal linked to the consumption industry, fishery, local labor, including the local legend about the goddess of the Sea MAZU who protects the sea and give a blessing to protect people from various dangers. Merging a concept of a relationship between me in finding the context of being a woman in Tainan that has hidden by the context stories, legends, and mysteries through belief areas and farming areas.
Adventures in the areas of both contexts led us to the throne room of the heavenly realm consists of imagination through the story that I discovered from a folktale called Mazu's Palace 媽祖宮to synthesize, reinterpret, and create as the scenes into the spaces in art exhibitions for people to explore the role of women and labor through worship representation of the goddess and the objects that insparied from the identity of local women through artworks; animation, video, and photography.
For me ,The image of the oyster symbolizing the goddess's identity, story, legends, and mysterie that serves as a visual representation, a window into the innorn goodness it embodies. Yet, this representation also unearths the intrinsic nature of womanhood -marked by aspects of nature, strength, intensity, and the unspoken voices that resonate with whispers, narratives, and cautionary tales. My observations and interpretations have unearthed the untold stories, allowing people to glimpse the unexplored facets of our homeland, the very earth on which we stand.