pictures by Wei En Chang.
When I arrived in Taiwan, I noticed that pigs are very presents in marketplaces, every day food, or even in the buddhist imaginary. After some researches, I discovered a particular ritual that takes place every year in Taiwan, in glory of Shen Dzu - or the God Pig. I felt interest by the image of the pig, venerate in Taiwan, but also symbol of filthiness in Europe. It also reminded me the acronym PIGS (for Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) used by some economic newspapers about the crisis that mainly touched the southern countries of Europe.
Then Taiwan became the catalyst of an action I thought about for few years. During the performance, I wore a pig head and hosted it as a flag at the top of a scaffolding. It was a way to understand and re-establish an animal (and its political connotations) literally dragged through the mud.
Restitution of the Residency, at CKS Memorial Hall / with 50+ Contemporary Art Studio / with Yang Xiwen & Wei En Chang / Taipei, Taiwan.