The National Human Rights Museum (NHRM) will be launching the "Through the Reflection of Green Island (假如綠島是一面鏡子)" exhibition on May 17, as part of the 2021 Green Island Human Rights Art Festival (2021綠島人權藝術季) at the Green Island White Terror Memorial Park (白色恐怖綠島紀念園區) in Green Island, Pingtung County. Through contemporary artistic creations, the exhibition, using "imprisonment" and "dispersion" as the themes, explores life situations experienced in different eras.
Deputy Minister of Culture Lee Ching-hwi (李靜慧) indicated in a speech that the NHRM is committed to discovering and preserving the history of human rights violations, and, three years ago, the museum proposed to convert through art media the painful lessons of the past into our understanding of Taiwan's history, for the purpose of informing Taiwan’s future generations and citizens, and even the international community on the topic of human rights. She said that the first sight of the title "Through the Reflection of Green Island" left a strong impression on her, as Green Island was a place where human rights abuse occurred.
Lee especially thanked the teachers of Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) for leading young students to participate in the exhibition's curation, and she also thanked the predecessors for their willingness to share their experiences with younger generations so that these experiences can be converted into themed art.
Lee said, "I hope to recommend it to the public. Green Island is not just a scenic site; it is also a classroom for visitors to learn about themselves and the land."
A total of 19 groups of artists from home and abroad, including 16 groups of domestic artists, namely Wu Ke-wei (吳克威) and Tsai Yu-jou (蔡郁柔), Hong Jun-yuan (洪鈞元), Huang Li-hui (黃立慧), Nguyen Kim Hong (阮金紅) and Tsai Tsung-lung (蔡崇隆), Liao Xuan-zhen (廖烜榛) and Huang I-Chieh (黃奕捷), Chen Pin-rong (陳品蓉), Anchi Lin (Ciwas) (林安琪), Chen I-chun (陳依純), Liu Chi-tung (劉紀彤), Chou Hsin-yu (周心瑀), Lin Yan-Xiang (林彥翔), Lee Chia-Hung (李佳泓) and Lin Tzu-ning (林子寧), Lin Chuan-kai (林傳凱), Chiharu (千晴) and Sung Wen-po (宋文博), and three foreign artists, Lee Chun-fung (李俊峰) from Hong Kong, FX Harsono from Indonesia, and Narco (成子) from Japan, are invited to present 22 artworks relating to the topic of human rights at the four-month exhibition.
"Through the Reflection of Green Island" exhibition will last until Sept. 15. For more information, please visit NHRM’s official website, or the exhibition's Facebook page.