Before relocating to Taiwan, my grandfather and his military fellows had stayed in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, for four years. They built a barracks on the undeveloped island, hoping to sail to another island one day, which, I've heard, was closer to their hometown.
In this residency project,I will make trips to the Port of Kaohsiung, the point where my grandfather first arrived when he came to Taiwan, and also an islet in Chengching Lake, which sounds the same as the Chinese name of Phu Quoc Island. By retracing the footsteps of my grandfather and his contemporaries, I'd like to explore what makes what we are and how war memories and national will have enclosed us in the Taiwanese nationalism.
Born in Tainan, Taiwan, Yao-Yi Wang received his master's degree from SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. As a video artist and producer, Wang is dedicated to creating experimental narrative films and video installations with a focus on the lasting impacts of the main events of the Cold War, especially the issue regarding the mainland Chinese diaspora who relocated to Taiwan in 1949. He explores how, after the "big structure" collapsed, those individuals have survived in nationalist memories that fill up a homogeneous and empty time and how they have shaped the current ideology in Taiwan through the trauma they've carried with them into the present.