Letter．Callus．Post-war, Taipei | July 2019
【 Letter．Callus．Post-War 】
Venue｜2F~5F, Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei National University of the Arts
What stories have we heard about the past? In addition to written history, what did survivors witness? Is it possible to find more ways to define ourselves by looking into the rustling sounds coming out from the ash pile of history and by examining culturally significant marks ingrained in us?
This project starts with several journeys between Taiwan and the Indonesian archipelago. There is a lasting connection between these two countries in regard to their histories and current social situations. The colonies had been governed by different colonial regimes. Their native languages were eliminated. And the identity and feelings for the motherland were purposefully diluted. Moreover, whenever the governing body changes, the understanding of history and geography of a nation would be replaced by a new set of knowledge. In the post-war era, many cultural groups and individuals who are put at a disadvantage due to lack of discursive or militant power seem invisible. Yet their voices and memories might still be there despite that they choose to forget. In this exhibition, artists collect fragments of the past, research carefully on traces left in nature, cultural practice and personal micro-histories, and further dig out more means to articulate a discourse beyond the existing definition of politics and geography. What’s absurd and intriguing at the same time is that the residues of the past which could not be properly documented in written history have actually been passed on from generation to generation. They travel in the shadowed rifts, mutating and transforming into similar yet different manifestations in varied regions to be shared and divided.
AU Sow-Yee x CHEN Yow-Ruu