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Institutional Self-Archiving: The Establishment and Challenges of TFAM Archives

As the first modern art institution in Taiwan, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) has been digitalizing its archives since 2008, and set up an archival center in 2016 for the establishment of digital archives of art and museum history, since the records of its varied exhibitions, collections, research, publications, and educational/promotional programs from 1983 are not only crucial materials for individuals to understand the institution, but also witnesses to the progress of Taiwan’s modern and contemporary art. With “archives” being one of the pivotal issues in contemporary art practice, TFAM further transformed its Art Library into Archive and Library Center in 2021, adding demonstration and lookup service of archival materials along with archives of assorted themes based on its history data, of which the latter is slated to open to the public in the end of 2023.

How do historical materials of institutions, including official documents, contracts, text files and records, printed matters, publications, images and video files become archives during the process? How do institutions engage in research on themselves to reposition, reclassify and reconstruct their history? Being an institution reflecting the evolution of modern and contemporary art in Taiwan, how does TFAM keep a balance between art history and its own history when building its art archives? The talk invites TFAM’s assistant research fellow Yi-ting LEI and the head of Research Department Sharleen YU to share the sorting and study of TFAM’s archival materials, as well as the establishment and challenges of institutions’ archives with audiences.

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Time | 2023.10.28(六)14:00-16:00
Venue | CREATORS’ Space R102 Coworking Space

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Yi-ting LEI
LEI is an assistant research fellow of TFAM, currently in charge of publication, archives and organization of forums in the Research Department. She used to work in the Exhibition Department and has curated several exhibitions, including Line of Vision—The Photography of Wang Hsin (2016), Women Adventurers: Five Eras of Taiwanese Art, 1930-1983 (2013), and Heart and Hand: The Paintings of Shi Song (2011).


Sharleen YU
As the head of Research Department of TFAM, YU coordinates the work of publication, Archive and Library Center and organization of forums, having planned the documentary exhibition Active Archives I—The Mighty Image: Photos from the Independence Post, 1985-1994 (2023). She was the head of Exhibition Department from 2017 to 2022, curating exhibitions such as Small Is Bountiful: Margaret Shiu’s Contemporary Art Collection (2022), Worldward: The Transformative Force of Art in Taiwan’s New Cultural Movement (2021), and Faint Light, Dark Shadows (2017).


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