Dec 20 2017

Nguyen Phuong Linh and The Appendix Group at Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan: December 29, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Nguyen Phuong Linh and The Appendix Group will be part of the upcoming exhibition So Far, So Right: A Study of Reforms and Transitions Across Borders at Taipei Contemporary Art Center, both presenting an iteration of their respective projects from Skylines with Flying People 3 (Hanoi, 2016/7).

Curated by Fang Yen Hsiang, So Far, So Right is based on the concept of deforming and how it osmoses into the given framework of global governance. The project unfolds from the investigation and delineation of two post-communist narratives as well as their metamorphoses, interweaving relations, and tensions, proposing a possible method to re-entangle their histories and imagined futures, thus launching a new life story.

Set against the backdrop of two former socialist blocs and their political geography in the past, the project delves into the history of the trade and labor alliance of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance, the gradual process of the communist system partially or entirely transitioning into the market system, and how these countries transform into emerging economies on a global scale. The project also investigates the transmutations and contradictions in the ways marketization, democratization, and the construction of national identity confront these regions during their political and economic transition, as well as how they grapple with the regional political and economic alliance of which it is part, the delicate relations between great powers, and the undercurrents and volatile states of the individual, the collective, and society.

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