Artist: Hong-John Lin
Co-authors: Wan Nai-Hsiang, Tsai Hsiu-Li, Tsai Lee Hui-Zu, He Chang Chun-Ying, Su-Cheng, Deng-Ying, Su Zai-Ju, Wang Mao-Hsiong, Wang Tsai Lai-Tao, Tsai Fa-He, Lee Yu-, Cheng, Tian Yi-Sheng
The "Bio-Dictionary" is an art project initiated by Hong-John Lin in an attempt to fight against forceful domination by documenting the people, events and things that bear witness yet will soon be gone. He conducted field surveys, interviews and various forms of social interaction and delivered with image, sound and text files. The project is focused on comparing lives and political situations between ordinary locals and political inmates imprisoned in the New Life Correction Center by Taiwan Garrison Commander on the Green Island from 1951 to 1965.
"Liomagou No. 15" used to be a special address. For over forty years, it was the registered residence of up to three thousand people including political prisoners and servicemen, almost equal to the population of ordinary Green Islanders at that time. During the interviews, some local elderly people recalled of the significant changes in the landscape, festivities, healthcare, education, transportation and food culture after the "ideological criminals" arrived at the Green Island. In this project, the artist makes a symbolic arrangement of the boundaries between art, society and life, allowing a sympathetic engagement with the texts, multi-media materials and objects on display. The life situation of the victims oppressed and silenced under the state violence during the White Terror is described in a first-person narrative.