Yangmingshan

HD video, stereo sound, 2015.

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Yangmingshan is a two channel video installation comprised from footage shot in the Yangmingshan National Park outside Taipei. It is a collaborative project between Boe-lin Bastian and Mark Reid, developed during an Asialink residency in 2014.

When the Republic of China Government evacuated Mainland China, moving from Nanking to Taiwan, it’s leader, Chiang Kai-shek, took up residence in a traditional Japanese house in the Yangmingshan area. 

Many years after his death, the residence was burnt down. When questioned, the Mayor of Taipei did not wish to speculate on whether the fire was an act of political arson. He pointed out that historical buildings and monuments are blameless in times of conflict- that people are responsible for protecting these remnants of the past. The house was rebuilt in an exact replica over the next few years.

Today the house and the surrounding parklands are predominantly frequented by busloads of Mainland Chinese tourists who visit the General’s chambers on the way to local hot springs and cherry blossoms.

This work surveys the Yangmingshan landscape, and through the documentation of a trivial gesture, considers the historical frictions present at the site.