Future Island exhibition, Start Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London
15-18 September 2016
Start Art Fair invited Mehta Bell Projects to curate a pioneering showcase of emerging Taiwanese talent. Future Island captures the forward-thinking and unique identity of the vibrant contemporary art scene in Taiwan. Each artist investigates notions of identity, environment and the unique position of Taiwan in a contemporary context. These artists seek to create an independent and striking visual language that communicates their sense of self, and engages with the social and political influences and traditions that have infiltrated their culture. Whilst Future Island features some already well-established artists from the region, true to START's ethos of "Emerging Artists and New Art Scenes", Future Island also highlighted talent yet to be discovered from this fresh art scene.
Especially commissioned by START art fair as part of their program of Special Projects Future Island dominated the entire Gallery 10 in the immaculate Saatchi Gallery. Mehta Bell Projects were delighted to make a return to the art fair with this unique exhibition, also hosted an engaging panel discussion. Director Wang of the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture inaugurated the discussion which was led by Fair director Niru Ratnam. Accompanied by artists Peihang Huang and Hsiao-chi Tsai and Jag Mehta, one half of the Mehta Bell Projects curatorial partnership, this discussion gave an insight into the artists' practices, the cultural context of this compelling region, and the influences and experiences contemporary Taiwanese artists encounter today.