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Gambian animation exhibit in Taipei tells stories of Africa

2013/08/26 15:21:29

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) An exhibition that features animations by Gambian and Taiwanese artists opened in Taipei on the weekend, presenting a critical examination of African life and culture.

The twelve computer-generated animated displays cover a variety of themes, including environmental preservation, disability awareness, support for art in Africa, and an examination of women's issues such as female circumcision.

Produced by five Gambian and seven Taiwanese artists, the animations are being exhibited at the Digital Art Center from Aug. 24 to Sept. 23.

Some of the work on display is the result of the efforts by five Gambian artists who arrived in Taiwan last year for advanced studies and produced their first animations at Taipei National University of the Arts.

"The globe's ecological balance has been severely compromised, and phenomena such as global warming and the deterioration of the ozone layer have affected every inch of the globe," Gambian artist Malang Jarju said in a statement on the exhibition's official website.

He said he hopes to use art to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the earth.

Mamat Sallah, who uses his animations to discuss women's value in a traditional Wolof community, compared women to trees in his film. Trees are prestigious in traditional African societies, he said.

The Taiwanese artists, meanwhile, were invited to produce animated films based on their impressions of Africa.

The exhibition is a unique cooperative effort that exemplifies how animation art can transcend culture, the organizers said.

(By Christie Chen)