WU Ma-li

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Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art, Kaohsiung Normal University

Graduated from National Art Academy Düsseldorf Genmany

An extension of the traditions of the avant-garde, Wu’s work and research focuses in particular on the influence of art in the public domain. In the 1990s, her artistic creations expressed social criticism of politics from a feminist perspective, and in the 2000s she launched community based new genre public art initiatives. In the years from 2000 to 2004, she collaborated with the cloth workshop of Taipei’s Women’s Awakening Association and launched a programme entitled “Awake in your Skin”, turning inside out the traditional needlework and exploring the life journey of women through stitching and sewing. From 2005 to 2007, she curated the “Tropic of Cancer Environmental Art Campaign” in Chiayi, aiming to raise awareness of the right to cultural participation of residents in remote areas. “By the River, On the River, Of the River” (a river-tracking eco-art project in Danshui) in 2006 and “Give me back my Rivers and Mountains: on and by the Keelung River” in 2012 were jointly implemented with community colleges to facilitate greater discussion of the actual situation of rivers and the environment at large. From 2010 to 2012, Wu worked with Bamboo Curtain Studio on “Art as Environment: A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek”, which revisited and re-explored questions on an ecological city and urban development through a neglected streamlet and which was a winner at the 11th Taishin Arts Awards in 2013.

Presentation Topic : Joining the splits in life through art

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