Documentary Installation

Documentary Installation - 文件展
Iron, woven cloths, painting, strapping and elastic cord, dimensions variable, 2021

This documentary installation presents the creative works of Aluaiy Kaumakan from the Paiwan Nation of Taiwanese Indigenous people. At the core of this installation is an Indigenous weaving technique, with a deep conceptual underpinning, which has served as the principal means for responding to the Pawian Nation’s ontological relationship with Lemikalik. The Paiwan concept of textile winding, which also means humility, activation and fear towards inner spirituality, posits a grounded connectivity both culturally and spiritually.  This way of understanding the self in relation to land and spirit is common to many First Nations cultures. The installation depicts the cultural influences and trans-contextual dialogue of Lemikalik, and its evolution within Kaumakan’s works based on her multiple identities. 

This installation consists of four sub-themes: 

  1. Paiwan cultural value and the aesthetic value of traditional arts and culture embodied in Kaumakan’s investigations; 
  2. The reflective process of art-making, from traditional techniques to contemporary works, including Kaumakan’s experience of international residency and community participation in grass-roots activism; 
  3. The rise of Indigenous creative thinking and Kaumakan’s work in relation to this; 
  4. Indigenous female power, and a rethinking of Kaumakan’s work through her recent art and curation in Taiwan.