TAIPEI (The China Post) — Galway International Art Festival (GIAF), the largest festival in Ireland, is held from July 15th to 28th. With the support of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and Taipei Representative Office in Ireland, Annlin Chao (趙安玲) is the first Taiwanese exhibitor at the festival.
Chao’s mixed-media exhibition, titled “The Paralleled Mind,” demonstrates the complexity and delicacy of humans’ minds across the language barrier.
Paul Fahy, the artistic director of GIAF, mentioned Chao especially in his speech at the reception on 14th, in which he not only praised Chao as an outstanding artist from Taiwan but recognized Taiwan’s cultural soft power and artistic influence.
Among a number of nominees from Taiwan in 2018, GIAF laid eyes on the rising visual artist.
According to the Ministry of Culture, Chao has been working on the integration of mixed-media, animation and images, and she was awarded at several international film festivals. She was also the visual director of the Golden Bell Awards.
This year, participating in the GIAP along with 600 artists from all over the world, Chao launches her new collection of artworks, “The Paralleled Mind.”
The Ministry of Culture also pointed out that “The Paralleled Mind” combines real shots with animation and special effects, exploring the parallel worlds of human mentality and physicality. Walking into the darkroom is like entering one’s subconsciousness.
The audience will embark on a journey to the boundary between reality and the surreal. Such an experience brings about a deep reflection on the social issues that human beings encounter in the modern era. Paul Fahy highly recognizes Chao’s creativity.
The first Galway International Art Festival was held in 1978, and it has remained one of the top-notch art festivals in Europe. Every year, there are more than 200 events being held and in 2018, the festival welcomed more than 250,000 participants.
The Irish Times commented the festival to be the largest, the most appealing and the most inspiring cultural festival in Ireland. The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, also acknowledged the festival to be one of the best summer art festivals in Europe.