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萬萬歲 Wan Wansui (Long, Long Live) Forever]: Video


Jui-Chung Yao



Jui-Chung Yao likes to stroll through ruins. In his words, "Politics is nothing but a trick for a minority to decide the fate of the majority and for the majority to secure their interests by sacrificing the rights of a minority. The history is always the right answer provided by the winner, leaving the less powerful with not much choice. Given the political conspiracies and  manipulated perspective of the history, an alternative answer may only be discovered among ruins, possibly the only places unaffected by the boring power game. Despite not being as impressive as an emperor's mausoleum, nor as everlasting as great romantic stories, a ruin can be an interesting place that attracts a long visit or repeat visits."

Scenes of Wan Wansui were all filmed in ruins. Most of them were shot at the ruins of the Oasis Villa on the Green Island, with one exception on the review stand at the ruins of the Taiwan Police Command Headquarters on the Orchid Island and another in the restaurant in the Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park. Ruins are places where history does not work, in other words, where the destroyed, desolated, disappeared, and depressed lives of the past may be seen. Jui-Chung Yao is talented at discovering the spiritual power of reshaping an alternative narrative of history from such a world of rust, waste and decay. In the video, the artist impersonates a dictator, constantly shouting the slogan "Long, Long Live" in these non-functional places. The irony is obvious.

萬萬歲 Wan Wansui (Long, Long Live) Forever]: TeamMember
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