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Artist to present Taiwan's food at Venice art festival

2011/05/24 17:39:18

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Taiwan's distinctive gastronomic culture,along with folk dances and song, will be on full display in acollateral exhibition at the prestigious Venice Biennale in Italy, onJune 1, an artist said Tuesday.

The 54th La Biennale di Venezia, commonly known as VeniceBiennale, is an art exhibition that takes place from June 4 to Nov.27 in the Italian city of Venice.

In addition to the main pavilions hosted by 89 countries thisyear, exhibitions and events will be staged throughout the six-montharts extravaganza in various venues across the floating city.

There will be three collateral exhibitions organized by Taiwanesemuseum directors, including the annual Taiwan Pavilion, "FuturePass," and "Le Festin De Chun-te."

The solo exhibition "Le Festin de Chun-te," which is scheduled torun from June 1 to Oct. 10, will feature 22 photographs taken byTaiwanese artist Hsieh Chun-te between 1987 and 2010 that centers onthe concept of "homelessness." The exhibition also involves a special"cooking theater" performance in which viewers will get to eat theart food created by Hsieh.

Hsieh told reporters from Venice via the Internet Tuesday that heis very excited to introduce Taiwan's culinary art and culture to aVenetian audience.

The cooking theater performance, Hsieh said, will combine theunique features of Taiwan's cuisine in a ritual-like way. Sixperformers -- Deloun Nahu, an 89-year-old singer from the Amis Tribe,Yang Shi-may, dancer Hsiao Ho-wen, tea masters Gu Wu-nan and HuangChen-mei, and chef Wu Yueh-chang -- are involved in the piece. Famedfashion designer Sophie Hong created their costumes.

The performance will be divided into two scenes. The first partwill open with a prayer song of Taiwan's Amis tribe, followed by aHakka folk song and the presentation of a five-course dinner. Scenetwo will start with a sacrifice ceremony performed by Deloun Nahu.

The five courses will include several Taiwanese beverages anddishes, including tea from Beipu Township, Hsinchu County, northernTaiwan.

The performance will run 10 times from June 1-6.

(By Hermia Lin)