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FU Sheng-Ya





The secondary rainbow in the south

2020 / 複合媒材

2020 / mixed media






The name of the work is derived from the "Southern Rainbow," a literary column edited by leftist painter HUANG Rongsan in the People's Herald News founded in 1946. The name Southern Rainbow implies a visionary ambition that the column would serve as a bridge to connect people between Taiwan and China. A secondary rainbow is caused when sunlight reflects twice inside rain droplets. Taking up the tradition but at the same time questioning it, “the Secondary Rainbow in the South" appropriates/deconstructs the classic left-wing woodcut prints and juxtaposes contemporary images onto the prints as a form of reflection. The picture is an inquiry into whether the subject is depicted truthfully or timely.


As the way an image of certain event represented in a print often reflects specific ideology and values, woodcut prints are often misappropriated by the mainstream as political propaganda tools. Instead, this artwork attempts to create a contradictory narrative, to repurpose the image of classic Chinese leftist woodcut prints. The material state of letterpress is used to weaken the pattern composed of color blocks in this work, leaving the blank as self-protection and speaking without words.


Images implying Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibetans, and even the Covid 19 pandemic are added to the original frame and trace of the prints. Characters in similar postures on different media are highlighted as a reflection of individuals living through similar violence and turbulence across different times and places. It is a reflective view in the contemporary context on the visionary ambition of a rainbow bridge in the past.

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