Home Land Is Land—— Retrospective Tour of the Failure Artist
這是我跟 林耕舞 合作的開始，帶著浪漫而血淋淋的真誠，讓我無法迴避。
於是在兩年後聽到回台灣的耕舞說要放棄成為藝術家，則讓我驚訝與好奇不已。我深知像耕舞這類人是不可能停止成為藝術家的，他這輩子恐怕是逃不掉了；但更讓我好奇的是在他身上的那種挫敗感，那種返鄉的挫敗感，那種幾乎確信 台灣/家 無法讓他大展身手的挫敗感，像是一座島嶼容納不下異質個體與狂妄的夢，在我身上也有過。
“I want to put on a solo exhibition to commemorate that I didn't become an artist. Do you want to be my curator?"
This was the beginning of my collaboration with Kengwu Yerkikaya, with that romantic and bloody sincerity, I cannot rebuff it.
Keng and I were schoolmates while studying in the UK. In my impression, he always undertook his work with jokes and contempt, as if a lover who craves to express affection but is too afraid of rejection, can only cover it all up by jokes.
I remember one time during the dinner, I asked him inadvertently: "Keng, have you considered changing careers? I don't think going down to art is your only option."
He froze for a moment and said in a calm tone with a serious expression that I hadn't seen before. "I know that I often seem to take my art work as a laugh, but I actually take every single piece of them seriously. I can't just suddenly stop. I have been doing it for more than ten years now."
So two years later, when I heard Keng who returned to Taiwan said that he would give up becoming an artist, which made me surprised and curious. I know that it is impossible for people like him to stop being an artist, escape isn’t on the table; but what makes me more curious is the frustration in him, the frustration of returning home. The frustration that he is almost convinced that Taiwan/Family cannot let him show his talents, like an island that cannot accommodate heterogeneous individuals and arrogant dreams, which has also happened to me.
As a curator, I am fortunate to be able to work with the artist to try to face/dismantle/experiment with the subject which carries the weight of both our lives via exhibition, dedicated to you who are still struggling in your artistic practice journey.
Written in room, Taichung
June 13, 2021
Spacial thanks to:
Technical Support: Foggy Incense (O-wave, Psychobaby Gill Lin)
English Proofreader: Elliot Gibbons
Graphic Gesign: Crystal YP Lin
Sponsor: Gulkan Yerlikaya
Reciter: Stanley Lin
Yao Space: Andy Hsieh & Wei Hsuan Chen
Artogo: Howard Yang, Frank Ho
長椅小姐 Miss Bench
On the end of the bench sits the Duchess, with the homeless tramp at the other end, thereby a conversation is about to begin.
This is the existence of the “Art Exhibition”, facing upwards to the millionaires who purchase art, and downwards to the general public who are interested in it.
At this very moment, it transforms a linear two-dimensional relationship into a platform that exists in three-dimensional space. No matter who you are, welcome to the conversation. This may be the most peaceful way to shift the world.
“Miss Bench” is an curator addicted to travel, a civilian art critic, and an observer of daily spectacles. The following content is her experience and thought sharing, which is only for individuals with independent thinking to read. Those who are seeking the correct fixed answers should not enter.
2018, Abnomal, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, London
2018, //, Chelsea Space, London
2019, A Ceremonial Animal, Liu Museum, Taichung
2019, O//O, Liu Museum / YAO Space, Taichung
林耕舞 Kengwu Yerlikaya
1993年生於台北。曾就讀於國立臺北藝術大學 電影創作學系， 而後於倫敦藝術大學的雀兒喜學院，取得藝術學士。同時是一名演員、作家、視覺藝術家。
Born and raised in Taipei City, Kengwu Yerlikaya (b. 1993)
studied at the Department of Filmmaking, National Taipei University of the Arts, going on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College at University of the Arts London.
Kengwu begins with his body as media itself, exploring societal expectation and the contradictory image it creates. Identity and labour division are central themes. Using video, ready-made objects, and text – his work operates as both experimental and expansive.
Recently, he has shifted his personal attention to macro social issues, such as minority human rights, gender policies, and global movements. In his recent work “Is This The Future We Promise For?”, countries that abandon social justice for economic gain are primary concerns.
"Selected exhibitions, Screenings, Conference, Art fair:"
Other ways of watching together (film screening), 2020 Rotterdam, Netherlands
QUEER ARTist NOW (exhibit artist), 2020 London, U.K
A World Without End (exhibit artist), 2020 Online, U.K
So Close (exhibit artist), 2020 Online, U.S
Out The Window (film screening), 2020 Bristol, U.K
Chelsea college of arts (degree show), 2019 London, U.K
Widening the Gaze (presenter as artist), 2018 London, U.K
A conference exploring the role of Race in Creative Practice today
LOA-upload gallery (exhibit artist), 2018 London, U.K
Jouska (exhibit artist), 2017 London, U.K
Taipei Free Art Fair (exhibit artist), 2014 Taipei, Taiwan
2014 Super-Novart (exhibit artist), 2014 Taichung, Taiwan
Exhibitions for you