Taiwanese artist Asta Wu's (吳雅怡) artwork "See you on the other side," based on the history of the White Terror era in Taiwan, won the silver award at 3x3 International Illustration show under the Professional Show category.
Commissioned by the National Human Rights Museum (NHRM), Wu created "See you on the other side" as part of a picture book series, depicting the story of Liu Mei-ni(劉美蜺), one of the political victim’s family. During the White Terror period, Liu's father was labeled as a communist spy and he was shot dead, leaving behind his wife and twin daughters.
In the first picture of the book, it shows the twins walking through an endless black tunnel that are covered with thorns, under the surveillance of a huge unknown fish species. The other picture shows two intertwined worlds separated by a fence; the twins have grown up but the pain caused by the tragedy still lingers.
In an interview with Central News Agency (CNA), Wu said White Terror-themed works are usually full of sadness, thus she presented the stories of the victims in a poetic and surreal way. Through her artworks, she hopes that people will learn from the history. She added that, the survivors from this unfortunate event continued to live in the shadow of grief and agony.
In Taiwan, the White Terror was the suppression of political dissidents following the February 28 Incident. The period of martial law lasted 38 years and 57 days from 19 May 1949 to 15 July 1987.
Wu is a freelance illustrator based in Taiwan, she graduated from the Department of Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University and decided to be a full-time illustrator after visiting the Moomin exhibition in Japan during her graduation trip. In 2018, she was nominated for the Angouleme Challenge Digital Competition.