In Snail Paradise, Chang En-Man retraces the route of the arrival of the Giant African Landsnail (Achatina fulica) into Taiwan. Originating from Africa, the species was introduced as a farmed food source during Japan’s colonisation of Taiwan in 1933. Although regarded as an invasive species and a pest, the snail is also regularly featured in numerous indigenous recipes in Taiwan. Snail Paradise follows Chang's 2013 project looking at the snail’s cultural significance in Taiwan. Tracing the snail to its last point of departure prior to arriving in Taiwan – namely Singapore – Chang embarks on her SB2019 project, collaborating with local artists to explore attitudes towards the snail as an ingredient in a range of recipes.
Production supported by: National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF); Telok Ayer Arts Club
Images courtesy of the Artist and TKG+, Taipei
Chang En-Man (b. 1967, Taitung, Taiwan) works between film, photography, sculpture and performance. Born to a Han Father and Paiwan mother, her identity sparked a desire to return to indigenous tribal lands to discover her roots. Her artistic practice explores the intertwining relationships between Taiwanese indigenous tribes and their land in the face of colonisation. Chang’s work has been exhibited in Taiwan, Canada, Thailand and Korea. She is currently a PhD student at the Tainan National University of the Arts. She lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.