To achieve better understanding and appreciation of the indigenous cultures in Taiwan to local communities, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles will host an event, "A Far Corner: Art and Activism in Aboriginal Taiwan”, celebrating author/musician Scott Ezell. Along with Austronesian studies graduate writer, Garrett Lu, the program will feature collections of photos and music from Scott Ezell’s book, A Far Corner, experiences and stories of his days spent with the indigenous communities of Dulan.
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Scott Ezell, an American writer and musician, had the opportunity in 1992 to study mandarin in the beautiful Taiwan as he later lodged in a driftwood recording studio that he had built for himself from an old farmhouse, between the years of 2002 - 2004 in Dulan, Taidong County. Since, his fractions of visits of more than a decade lead to collaborations with the local record companies and film soundtrack composing studios, all the while releasing albums of his own creation. A Far Corner is a self-narrative nonfiction depicting Scott Ezell and his interactions at the Open Circle Tribe, indigenous artist community in Dulan and its surrounding environment (University of Nebraska Press in 2015). Scott Ezell continued his curiosity of the indigenous and pursued his works after his departure in 2004. His quest brought him into the regions of Yunan and Southeast Asia. In 2010 his long awaited work fabricated into a long-term poetry project focusing on the marginal landscapes and cultures in the China-Burma-Laos border region.
Alongside “A Far Corner: Art and Activism in Aboriginal Taiwan”, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles continues its exhibition of “As Heavy as a Feather”, work by En-Man Chang, a result of three years of engaging with the Fedafudak indigenous community in Shanyuan Bay on the east coast of Taiwan until August 12th, 2017. Though her work, En-Man continues to challenge and present the issues that the Fudafudak struggles on a daily basis; sustaining social and cultural continuity as it interfaces simultaneously with capitalist and outside activist intersts. With a folk song and a reconstructed traditional Taiwanese indigenous kite - symbolic of mutual aid and long distance travel- the viewers will be mesmerized by the juxtapositions of several installation and video works.
Artist: Scott Ezell
Venue: Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles(1137 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90024)
Event Prices: Free Admission
Tel: (213) 403-0168
Opening Date: July 15th, 2pm - 4pm
Press Contact: Ashley Sun, Senior Cultural Officer