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Residencia | Ting-Ting CHENG

Ting Ting CHENG participa de nuestro programa de residencia durante Noviembre de 2019 como parte del programa OFF SITE PROJECT 4 - POLITICAL IMAGINATION ARGENTINA curado por Chun-Chi Wang y producido por IDOLON STUDIO. El programa cuenta con el apoyo del Ministerio de Cultura de Taiwan.

About the artist

1985, Taiwan.
Ting-Ting Cheng moved to London in 2008, and graduated from MA Photographic Studies at University of Westminster and MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in 2009 and 2012. Cheng had solo shows at Taipei Fine Art Museum, Galerie Grand Siècle (Taiwan), Identity Gallery (Hong Kong), Gallery Nomart (Japan), Addaya Art Centre, Luis Adelantado (Spain), Rowan Art and Iniva (London). Other exhibitions she participated in include Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architechture (Shenzen), III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil (São Paulo) and group exhibitions at KuanDu Museum (Taipei), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art (Taichung), National Art Museum of China (Beijing)…etc. After being shortlisted for Taipei Art Award in 2011, Cheng was selected by Perspective Magazine in Hong Kong as the Top 40 artists in Asia the year after. In 2015, Cheng was awarded Asian Exchange Prize by Asian Creative Award in Japan. She had participated artist in residencies at Addaya Art Centre (Spain), GlogauAIR (Berlin), Zero Station (HCMC), Ben-Uri Museum, Iniva (London), CFCCA (Manchester), MMCA (Seoul) and Taitung Art Museum (Taiwan). Her works are in the collection of Taipei Fine Art Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Fundació per amor a l’art and Fundación Entrecanales.

About the project

The project proposed for the residency focuses on La Boca area, its history and the current state.

La Boca is currently known as a famous touristic spot, especially for the strip El Caminito. The area is filled with small houses built with colourful wooden boards, as the best Instagram spot for tourists. La Boca is also famous for its tango, a dance influenced by different styles of dance from Africa, Europe and Argentinean Native culture. The area has a fascinating political history. It was shortly independent in 1882 as “Republic of La Boca” as a result of a series of strikes. “It has also been a centre for radical politics, having elected the first socialist member of the Argentine Congress (Alfredo Palacios in 1935) and was home to many demonstrations during the crisis of 2001.”

With all the fascinating artistic, cultural and political stories on the front, the area is also described as “do not enter after dark” by most of the websites I found. “La Boca is a major sightseeing hot spot in Buenos Aires, but visitors rarely stay here at night. The ‘hit-and-run’ style tourism in the southern neighborhood causes some to write it off as a gimmicky tourist trap.” “As in most places where a popular tourist attraction sits in the middle of an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, La Boca can be dangerous for visitors who stray off the tourist path.” Those were just a few statements made by the reviewers on the Internet.

“Due to the area’s early influx of immigrants and isolation from the rest of the city, La Boca has a rich cultural history and a long track record of community solidarity, social anarchist politics and a lively arts scene.”
“Today La Boca is still a neighborhood with many immigrants, mostly Bolivians, Paraguayans, Peruvians and some Arabs, Africans and artists from other parts of Latin America.”

Immigrants, poverty, socialism, left-wing, tourism, Instagram, art, tango, culture and an independent state.

What is La Boca ‘really’ like? And what do people of La Boca wish the area can be?During the residency, I am hoping to visit and understand the area as much as possible, as an outsider, a tourist, an English speaker, as who I am. I am planning to participate in many walking tours, at the same time, hoping to interview people who live or work in the area. The project is expected to be video-based, asking the questions - can socialism be realised under capitalism? Can Dark Tourism and gentrification benefit local residents? Furthermore, what if the independence in 1882 succeed, what type of country Republic of La Boca would be?

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