Taipei Artist Village / Taipei, Taiwan
n recent years, my artistic theme is around “long term elderly care (老人長期照顧)”. I am interested in this topic because I took care of our grandparents at home; grandfather for 3 years and grandmother for 10 years.
During a research on long term elderly care, I knew that
(1)Taiwan’s population was already aging
(2)number of care-giver for elder was not enough
(3)cost of elderly care was expensive.
I understood Taiwan’s long term elderly care was one of serious social problems as well as Japan’s and conducted a research on Taiwan’s long term elderly care too.
I stayed in Taipei(Taipei Artist Village/台北國際芸術村) from January to March in 2019. I was selected as one of five artists by City of Yokohama to participate in exchange program between Yokohama and Taipei. I felt fortunate to have this opportunity to conduct a research on long term elderly care in Taiwan. I went to more than 15 long term elderly care centers(在台北, 新台北市, 桃園縣, 新竹縣, 宜蘭縣, 花蓮縣 and 台東縣) to interview care workers; interviewing them is the center of my research.And I took many videos for recording the interviews.
Finally, I displayed four of all videos in the gallery of Taipei Artist Village.
I’d like to continue this research project and interview more care workers in Taiwan by myself without help of interpreters. That way, I expect I understand one of Taiwan’s serious social problems, long term elderly care more and more.
And I’d like to display new videos I take in other long term elderly care center, due to discuss with many people. For the discussion, the people may get hints to improve any problems of long term elderly care. That way, I expect the people conduct activities to improve the problems by themselves.