2023 / 08 / 19 Sat.

2023 / 10 / 15 Sun.

10:00 - 18:00

  • Curator

    Lu Wei
    Tuan Mu

  • Artists

    Wang Aymei
    Anchi Lin [Ciwas Tahos]
    Siyat Moses
    Kao An Bo
    Lo Yu Chi
    Matěj Macháček

  • Venue

    MoCA Studio
    MoCA Plaza TV Wall

  • Supervisor

    Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government

  • Organizers

    Taipei Culture Foundation

  • Co-organizers

    National Culture and Arts Foundation
    Curators' Incubator Program at Museum

  • Annual Sponsors

    Contemporary Art Foundation
    Hui-Neng Chi Arts and Culture Foundation
    Royal Inn

  • Annual Sponsor for Appointed TV/Screen


  • Media Cooperation

    Radio Taiwan International


This exhibition is inspired by a series of encounters on a trip to the Tafalong indigenous tribe: guided by the tribespeople, we climbed the sacred mountain of the Pangcah community – Cilangasan. With storytelling mixed with singing and through a muddy, stormy journey, the experience of climbing the sacred mountain resembled a process of approaching the sky and the story of the land. For the community, the process of climbing the mountain is a way to mature as a complete person. This gave rise to a realization: humans are never separated from our land, and we exist between storytelling and earth. We are remixing ourselves, our stories and our land through our journey.

This remixing is reflected in the diversity of artwork media, the mixed, torn and non-dichotomous state in the exhibition process, as well as the inseverable connection between human and soil—just like the word “human” of which the etymological root is “humus” (the organic component of soil, the decomposition of leaves and other plants).

The exhibition explores artists’ methods of interpretation when dealing with the issue of identity. Moreover, it also investigates how artists respond to the mixed and diasporic perspective unveiled in the process of constant movement through the relationship between their works and themes of identity, food, gender, cultural memory and storytelling.

Humus is a long-term curatorial project. The curators and some artists collaborated with tribal cultural workers and conducted several field trips to Hualien’s Tafalong tribe. During the severest period of the pandemic in Taiwan, the curators reconsidered the exhibition format and the feasibility of continuing the field survey. By virtualizing the routes of field trips through an online platform and incorporating the bodily sensation of climbing the sacred mountain, the endeavor has produced a document-based field space in virtuality. At the same time, it also showed the curators’ and the artists’ trajectory during the project, gradually realizing routes informed by multiple bodily sensations to reflect on their identity.



Curators & Artists

Lu Wei & Tuan Mu
Wang Aymei
Anchi Lin [Ciwas Tahos]
Siyat Moses
Kao An Bo
Lo Yu Chi
Matěj Macháček

Lu Wei and Tuan Mu are both artists and curators. Born in 1994 in Pingtung, Taiwan, and Hsinchu, Taiwan respectively, they both work and live in New Taipei City. Their collaborative curation focuses on how, in the contemporary context of cross-culturality, land and identities in motion can provide possibilities for art practices. Exhibitions they have previously curated include the exhibition in Good Underground Art Space, Hualien, Taiwan and Home: Foundation, Wall Cancer, Skin, and Shelter (Taitung Art Museum, Taitung, Taiwan, 2023), which was nominated for the Taishin Arts Award in 2023.

Born in 1994, Brussels, Belgium, Wang Aymei is an artist of Belgian-Taiwanese descent based in Taipei. Her work focuses on "painting" as a vessel, a body that contains images; and searches for the autonomy of painting through the mourning of images. She also uses video and installation to explore the themes of body and land, presenting a cycle between the body, its remains, and its successive transformations until it is integrated into the landscape.

Born in 1989, Taipei, Taiwan, Anchi Lin [Ciwas Tahos] is a visual artist of Taiwanese Indigenous Atayal and Hō-ló descent based in Taipei. Ciwas’s body-centred art practice weaves Indigenous Atayal worldview through performance, moving image, cyberspace, ceramics, and kinetic installation to trace their experiences with linguistic and cultural displacement and seek out new queer forms of understanding beyond the hetero-patriarchal status quo.

Born in 1994, Taichung, Taiwan, Siyat Moses is an artist of Seejiq and Minnan descent based in Taipei.
His practice focuses on the challenges and questions of identity experienced by contemporary indigenous peoples in the context of rapid modernization and globalization. His works encompass printmaking, installations, and textile.

Born in 1994, Taipei, Taiwan, Kao An Bo is an artist currently living and working in Hsinchu. Through the medium of ink painting, An Bo’s artworks depict the spirituality and inner essence of Taiwanese mountains. As he focuses on the myths and ghostly legends of the mountains in Taiwan, he has been continuously exploring and documenting how to vizualize the inner world of the mountains themselves.

Born in 1994, Hsinchui, Taiwan, Lo Yu Chi is an artist currently based in Hualien, Taiwan. Her practice uses food as a sculptural and artistic medium. By turning food and eating into art, she attempts to break the intangible, indestructible and eternal framework of the sanctity of art. Connecting food and sculpture with relational aesthetics, she also connects people to their land, and local cultures.

Born in 1992, in Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic, Matěj Macháček is an artist based in Prague. Macháček's paintings are self-portraits, made from the memories and experience of living in Taiwan. By fusing the tradition of European painting with ink painting, combined with saturated colors and the use of brushstrokes, he creates a continuous storyline in the picture, as well as a mysterious and timeless landscape for him.


Swallow, Burn, The black in the ashes
Mythical Mountain
Perhaps She Comes From/To_____Alang
When the Gods came
Humus: Mythical Route

Online Artworks

A Place to Rest
Swallow, Burn, The black in the ashes
Mythical Mountain
Perhaps She Comes From/To_____Alang
Bitter Marshmallow
How you chew the soul



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