Future Island exhibition, Start Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London
15-18 September 2016
Future Island captures the forward-thinking and unique identity of the vibrant contemporary art scene in Taiwan. Mehta Bell Projects present a curated showcase of a diverse selection of engaging artworks produced by this young generation of emerging Taiwanese artists. Each artist investigates notions of identity, environment, and the unique position of Taiwanese culture 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. There are elements of the surreal and playful references to pop and media culture, and explorations into the more ominous notions of the threat of the environment and the ever-changing landscape of this rapidly developing island.
Combining both Eastern and Western elements, and references to their cultural heritage, some of these works hint at a subversivism and encourage an investigation into the current status quo of Taiwan. This showcase captures the essence of an artistic generation that is outward looking, energetic and highlights the compelling art coming out of this region.