The Beautiful Strange Land (An Tír Álainn Aisteach) screens at Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan.
Part of Transideology: Nostalgia, a film project curated by Ming Turner.
November 9 - December 20, 2015.
Trans-ideology: Nostalgia, curated by Ming Turner, was an invited film project in Berlin, Germany. Nostalgia, as the theme of this project, isolates and mythicises selected objects from the past so that we feel we are enjoying a more tranquil and conflictless past. This nostalgic past is somehow not completely the reality, rather, it is ambiguous and is purified. The nostalgic past ignores real material conditions and tensions, and embraces an emotional utopia. Nostalgia offers a comfort zone where we find a peaceful and conflictless past, and where we escape from the hectic and demanding real life in capitalist society. As nostalgia reduces our critical engagement with the past, history is not entirely real but is selected and mythical. Therefore, nostalgia is based on either dreamy or subjective views of the past, or fantasy about the future. The screening aims to show selected lens-based work which is created with the ideology of recalling the internal and utopian world of individuals – either a nostalgic past or a fantasized future. (MoCA Taipei website)