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Finding Pathways to Temahahoi

Anchi Lin (Ciwas Tahos)

Presented by Arts House as part of BLEED 2024

Friday 30 August – Saturday 28 September 2024
Mon – Fri, 10:30am – 4:30pm 
Sat, 11am – 4pm
Closed Sunday and public holidays 

Tickets 
FREE – no bookings required

Warnings 
Finding Pathways to Temahahoi includes video footage with scenes of nudity.  

Public program of events and access services will be announced 22 July 2024. 

An Access Guide will be available prior to the exhibition. 

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Wheelchair Accessible
Quiet Space Available
Assistance Animal
Visual Rating 75%
Aural Rating 50%

A multimedia installation that bridges online and physical spaces to conjure a place safe from heteronormativity. 

In the Atayal oral story, Temahahoi is a fluid location hidden deep in the mountains. It is a base of resistance – only women live in Temahahoi. As keepers of traditional knowledges and powers, these women communicate with bees, sustain themselves on smoke and steam and are impregnated by the wind.  

Finding Pathways to Temahahoi is artist Anchi Lin (Ciwas Tahos)’s endeavour to connect her queer and Atayal identities. Using the motifs of bees and wind, which is also the presence of spirit in the Atayal worldview, Ciwas creates a portal to claim a self-determined queer space. 

Featuring projected video works, performance, bespoke ceramic instruments and a mind map inspired by tracking wild bees through the mountains of Taiwan, Finding Pathways to Temahahoi blends the traditional and the contemporary to address ideas of identity, community and belonging. 

Public program of events and access services will be announced 22 July 2024. 

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About the artist

Anchi Lin 林安琪, Atayal name is Ciwas Tahos, based between Taipei Taiwan, and recently Naarm (Melbourne) Australia. New media and performance artist of Atayal/ Itaṟal and Taiwanese Hō-ló descent. Ciwas's body-centered practice weaves the Indigenous Atayal worldview through performance, moving images, cyberspace, ceramics, and kinetic installation to claim a self-determined queer space, her work is an exploration of cultural and gender identity, using her body as a medium to trace linguistic and cultural experiences of displacement to seek out new forms of understanding. Ciwas’s most notable art project is mgluw tuqiy na Temahahoi (Finding Pathways to Temahahoi).

Most recently, Ciwas was awarded the Biannual Prize of Pulima Art Award and was selected as the inaugural Artist for the Australia-Taiwan Friendship Year Arts Exchange Partnership for 2023. In 2023, their work was exhibited at the 2023 Arts Electronica Festival in Austria, the Taiwan Austronesian Art Triennial in Taiwan, and Proto-zone13 at Shedhalle in Switzerland, the guest curator for the 2022 and the 2023 ADAM Artist Lab for the Taipei Performing Art Centre.

Ciwas completed an MFA in New Media Art at Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan) and BFA in Visual Art at Simon Fraser University (Canada).
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Artist statement

For a long time, I couldn’t connect my queer identity and my Atayal identity until I encountered an oral story from our people; the story was shared with me by an Atayal woman elder who worked at the humble community vendor store in the rural mountain. There are many names and versions of this story; the one I remember the most is Temahahoi, which means a place in the deep forest. The moment I heard about it, it immediately connected to both my identities, and I knew in my heart that I found a place where I belonged to.  Finding Pathways to Temahahoi is a no-ending art project. It intends to create a transnational space and resilient mountain cyberspace to connect queer communities beyond borders. 
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Artistic credits

Artist: Anchi Lin 林安琪, (Ciwas Tahos)

Details

Presented by Arts House as part of BLEED 2024

Friday 30 August – Saturday 28 September 2024
Mon – Fri, 10:30am – 4:30pm 
Sat, 11am – 4pm
Closed Sunday and public holidays 

Tickets 
FREE – no bookings required

Warnings 
Finding Pathways to Temahahoi includes video footage with scenes of nudity.  

Public program of events and access services will be announced 22 July 2024. 

An Access Guide will be available prior to the exhibition. 

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Wheelchair Accessible
Quiet Space Available
Assistance Animal
Visual Rating 75%
Aural Rating 50%

Image: courtesy of Anchi Lin (Ciwas Tahos). Pictured Ai-Ling Wang (Paiwan), Sinkuy Katadrepan(Puyuma), Ciwas Tahos (Atayal). 

Image description: Three people lean close to a ceramic wind instrument; each is blowing on a mouthpiece.