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以「野人」統稱在臺戰後孤寂的小鎮村民,堅守世襲的絕對沉默和恐懼的故事。在亂世中必須活下去的野人姿態有哪些 : 以臺籍南洋的逃兵為故事的引子,到一個存活在深山背棄文明的獵人,以及小鎮的鎮長被送往綠島管訓作為敘事終點。各自神祕悲苦的生存技能和孤獨沉默的絕對禁忌。這些歷經日治時代、一次大戰到解嚴前的臺灣,歷經了大小的戰役和時代的恐懼,最後只告訴後人:「過去,都忘了,不要問。」

Postwar Savage Code,moving image,20min,2021

“Savage” is a collective term used by the artist to refer to lonely townspeople after the war in Taiwan, who have adhered to the stories of absolute silence and fear passed down from one generation to another. The savages who strived to survived in the tumultuous era appeared in different forms: the work starts with a Taiwanese deserter in the Southeast Asian region, then moves onto a hunter who leaves civilization behind to live in the mountains, and ends with a town mayor who is sent for imprisonment on Green Island. The work portrays their individual mysterious, sorrowful survival skills and absolute taboos buried in their solitude and silence. They underwent the periods of the Japanese rule, WWI and the era before the lifting of martial law in Taiwan, and experienced various battles and terrors that permeated their times. At the end, they could only say to their offspring, “the past is all forgotten, so, do not ask.”

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