I am very glad that I could participate in r:ead for two weeks in March 2013. I am always busy with preparing exhibitions so this was a rare opportunity for me. The small but precise and deliberate residency created – more than other residencies I knew of – the opportunity for an “encounter” that sticks in the memory, and for exchange in a true sense. Speaking from my ten years’ experience as a curator of contemporary art, there are many opportunities to get to know artists or other curators, but places where you can engage in exchange on a high level are less than you would think. This is even more due to the fact that our work becomes more and more stereotypical.
Independent curator and art critic Amy Cheng lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. Cheng has curated numerous exhibitions, including: Traversing the Fantasy (2010) and Re-envisioning Society (2011-2013) at Taipei’s TheCube Project Space, The Heard and The Unheard─Soundscape Taiwan, Taiwan Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition: Melancholy in Progress – La Biennale di Venezia (2011), Unhomely: Tales of An Island at Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester and The 3rd Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition: Melancholy in Progress at Hong-Gah Museum of Taipei (2012) .
With music and cultural critic Jeph Lo, she founded Taipei’s TheCube Project Space in 2010, which aims to explore local culture, establish long-term relationships with artists, and promote contemporary art exchanges between Taiwan and the international community.