According to the Ministry of Culture, the first Matsu Biennial, which features 39 artworks and eight initiatives centered on the theme "Island Brew(島嶼釀)," began on February 12 and will run until April 10.
Deputy Minister of Culture Hsiao Tsung-huang (蕭宗煌), Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General Lin Hsin-jen (林信任), and Central News Agency President Chang Jui-chang (張瑞昌) were among the tourism and cultural sector dignitaries present at the inauguration ceremony.
One of the art installations “Refraction Island”. (Photo / Provided by Matsu Biennial)
Deputy Chairwoman of the General Organization of Chinese Culture Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) spoke during the ceremony, saying that the association hoped to enable the rest of the country recognize the Matsu's cultural richness and to attract people from all walks of life to join in the festival.
The Matsu Biennial, which has been proposed as a plan for island regeneration, will take place in four settlements across Matsu's five islands. The Matsu Biennial is a ten-year endeavor, according to the festival, that attempts to capture the islands' evolution. It intends to foster public discussion and generate the potential for ideas that could make Matsu a sustainable island by staging five Biennials over ten years.
One of the art installations “Wind Tower”. (Photo / Provided by Matsu Biennial)
Blue Tears of Matsu is transformed into chairs. (Photo / Provided by Matsu Biennial)
All the art installations were developed by 41 different creative teams from across the world. "Underground Matters," "Returning to the Island," "Listening to the Island's Voices," "Ecology and Habitat of Islands," "The Tower of Winds," "Islands in Evolution," "Highlights of Contemporary Architecture in Matsu," and "Translating and Regenerating the Military Heritage in Matsu" are among the project themes.
Liu Cheng-ying, the mayor of Lienchiang County addressed in the ceremony. (Photo / Provided by Matsu Biennial)
Deputy Chairwoman of the General Organization of Chinese Culture Cheng Li-chiun hoped to enable the rest of the country recognize the Matsu's cultural richness. (Photo / Provided by Matsu Biennial)