|Participating Project ||Exchange Residency Program (Japanese Creators sent abroad)|
|City / Place stayed||Taipei / Treasure Hill Artist Village|
|Period||2019.10 - 2019.12|
I would like to revisit Wansei (the repatriates from Taiwan)’s memory with my point of view, as a young Japanese artist living in XXI century. As Wansei people could not bring any fortune any souvenir from Taiwan except some pictures, it is difficult to imagine what Taiwan like under Japanese rule. Furthermore, 2019 marks 74 years after the end of World War II and the population of Wansei People is dwindling every year…
During my residency, I would like to trace my family's roots and the memory of Wansei People in a deeper way. In facing plenty of memories, I intend to create my artworks and organize an exhibition in order to show a connection between the past and the present and between two countries.
・Before departure // Having private interviews with Wansei People living in Japan. 1. Asking them the name of a thing or a place that remains in their memory of Taiwan period. 2. Finding these things or places in Taiwan and take pictures. 3. Making artworks with pictures and wood sculpture.
・Having private interviews with Wansei People living in Taiwan. 1. Asking them to borrow a thing that remains in their memory of colonial period. 2. Taking pictures of theses memorial things. 3. Making artworks with pictures and wood sculpture.
・Looking for old pictures of historic buildings of Japanese colonial period. 1. Printing them on a big panel. 2. Covering theses panels with wood sculpture (like a lattice window). 3. As a result, we barely see real pictures behind wood sculpture; it means our memory fade away as time goes by.
・Get a statistic on transition of population of Taiwan after WW II. Make an artwork inspired by this statistic.
・Getting a statistic on Japanese repatriates who returned to Japan by ship (departed from 3 main ports) Make an artwork inspired by statistic.