Wu Mali, Mending the Broken Land with Water

The fourth and final lecture in the 2021 Sydney Asian Art Series, delivered on 25 October 2021.


Wu Mali’s lecture discussed lessons from the environmental turn in her recent artistic and curatorial practices:

In this talk, I will explain how my art practice turned to focus on environmental issues. In particular, I discuss how I have developed projects such as “Art as Environment: A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Project”(2010-2012, and ongoing) in active collaboration with the local community. Then, in 2018, I was invited to co-curate the 11th Taipei Biennial, which was titled “Post-Nature: Museum as an Eco-System”. I would like to share what I learned from working with the participating artists, how they redefine the concept of ‘Nature’ in the Planetary Age through their artistic practices.


Wu Mali is an artist, writer and curator, and is Professor at the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan.  As artist and curator, she is considered one of the founding figures of socially engaged art in Taiwan, and is the Chinese translator of publications such as Suzanne Lacy’s Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art (1995) and Grant Kester’s Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art (2004).

About the Lecture Series

The Sydney Asian Art Series is convened by Olivier Krischer, and co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute, and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.


Wu Mali, Art as Environment—A Cultural Action at Plum Tree Creek, Taipei/Taiwan 2011-12. Courtesy Bamboo Curtain Studio.