Site-specific action, dimension variable
Sunlight passed through the dense dry air, and shone on the castle landscape
of Okinawa as well as the faces of local inhabitants. Noiselessly, I felt
immediately immersed in its peaceful yet impenetrable atmosphere and sense
of time. In the summer of 2017, I was aiming to capture the present domestic
and natural environments of Okinawa, which had once undergone colonisation
in a similar fashion to
Taiwan . In those moments I faced a quiet, strange and alienated atmosphere and attempted to reproduce my secretive gaze through photography. My feelings emerged from bodily sensations, the fact of being as a complete intruder to this society, and the continual exploration of my personal Taiwanese heritage, with the nebulous status of national identity.
Hereafter, I printed some of the photographs in varied scales, and exhibited
them in an abandoned room located near their shooting spot. I had kept on
cleaning the space carefully, washing the walls, and removing the debris;
but I left directly after documenting the room. There was a silent period
without audiences or formal information about the display. What remained
were simply the images, texts, and traces of personal invisible labour that I
had utilised. I intended to intertwine the voiceless sensations and fragmental
post-colonial consciousness − through the soon to be faded or lasting
photographs, the absence of viewers, and the anonymous but slightly renewed
abandoned space − to question the ambiguity of national identities and group
consciousness in our contemporary society.
Now, as I look back on the (post)colonialism that has happened in Okinawa
and Taiwan, I plainly see that historical transformation and its impacts are
always closely linked, inseparable and ongoing. Meanwhile, traces of history
always exist in our lives, and keep on influencing the present.
 Okinawa (Japan) and Taiwan (Taiwan), two islands which are both located in the geographical pivot of East Asia, witnessed similar political resistance in the past. For a long time, residents of both islands have lived in the shadow of history and group consciousness. Today, the two islands are still being inevitably involved in games of political strategy and issues of national identity between Japan, China and the United States.