Cecilia Ho, PHOTO MACAU | Art Fair founder and executive director, returns from Art Taipei having met and interacted with galleries, artists, collectors and curators to discuss new art trends in the Asian and international art scenes. She tells us about some of her favourite and thought provoking artworks as well as how PHOTO MACAU will contribute to the art fair scene in the region and further afield.
Returning from a great week at Art Taipei 2017, PHOTO MACAU | Art Fair founder, Cecilia Ho, was thrilled after sampling art from new as well as emerging artists. “I had a great trip! Art Fairs in the region are always a good occasion to catch up with friends, old and new”, she says.
She was impressed by works presented across the fair, especially the ones featured in the Frontier sector. Art Taipei’s frontier sector presented art in new genre and innovative multi-media, including photography, video art, new media and installation art.
“Obviously, I am biased… The frontier section showcased galleries and artists who focused on media we truly believe to hold an important place in the future of art and are becoming increasingly prominent as new art trends in Asia. What was even more promising was the interest these galleries were drawing from art collectors, art lovers and other visitors.”
The frontier sector was not however the only area where new media art was featured. Galleries across the exhibition presented works by both established and emerging artists.
Cecilia’s standouts were the ultra-technology works “Black Waves” from teamLab, Chen Chieh-jen’s powerful narrative photo, and Ning Sen’s thought provoking video ‘Re-die’.
There was also a particularly unusual piece by I-Chun Chen’s whose video work demonstrates the sufferings of people and cruelty of war through the way the refugee children play. It is a direct reference to the refugee crisis in Europe.”
“I-Chun Chen’s work and process were very interesting to learn about. I love the nature of art to be thought and emotion provoking. Artists can also use their pieces to speak their mind on issues in the world and in their society.”
With important cultural developments across the region, Cecilia is excited that PHOTO MACAU | Art Fair will be adding to the art scene by showcasing international and local talent.
“I always love to attend events which promote art in the Asian region. We see such dynamic art scenes in these new markets and emerging artists which offer such different perspectives. I also thoroughly enjoyed hearing and meeting the featured emerging artists from Taiwan in their dedicated sector.”
The theme of Art Taipei 2017 was: The Rise of Private Museums. Lectures, discussions and forums were organised around this increasingly popular movement. “This was such an interesting topic for me. The landscape of the art world is constantly changing and shifting with time and the appearance of new influences and perspectives. With technology it has been incredible to accelerate change. Combined with a new generation of collectors, we are seeing a new energy in the art scene.”
“There is so much happening in the art world today. The PHOTO MACAU | Art Fair team and I are proud to be helping to promote art in Asia. It was great to meet likeminded people like Yaji Huang who for the past 10 years has not ceased to promote photography in Taiwan and it is great to see her passion.”
With new trends in photography, videography and new media, which deserve attention, PHOTO MACAU | Art Fair is proud to be the one of the first art fairs in Asia focusing solely on both photography and video art.
“We want to create an international platform to showcase, discuss and appreciate these media with collectors, art lovers, curators, galleries from around the world.”