Come with Us
In recent years, the reconstruction of historical memory under the framework of Transitional Justice has been largely achieved in different forms such as drama, music, and picture books, allowing many life stories buried in darkness to be known by the public. In the process of memory reconstruction, the historical spaces where the events took place—injustice sites—are essential elements in Transitional Justice. However, with the rapid development of society and city, the historical meaning of many injustice sites are disappearing and our memory of the city is also constantly being reshaped.Therefore, we need to indicate, designate, and identify these sites, and make them and their history known to more people with various methods.
The title of the exhibition “Come with Us, Please—” seems to be amiable but in fact is solemn and mournful, since this is usually the beginning of the tragic fate of victims charged with insurrection and arrested by agent institutions in the period of authoritarian rule: this sentence changed their lives. With this title, the exhibition invites visitors and creators to enter the spaces where the victims underwent the upheavals in their lives. This exhibition is composed of twelve groups of young creators across fields of social media marketing, mass communication, public education and visual arts. From the aspect of advertising and educational promotion, the creators are thinking about how to publicize the spatial history of injustice sites and facilitate communication. After field research, workshops, and extensive discussion, creators come up with various promotion projects in different forms based on their own professional and interest. Through these different interpretations, we can observe the spatial history of the unjust sites from a more comprehensive perspective.
In this exhibition, the injustice sites in the period of authoritarian rule include places where policies were enacted, the location of military police and special agency institutes, sites where political prisoners were arrested, and the historical spots of interrogation, trial, and execution. The spaces and history present the urban texture and power landscape in the period of martial law, and reveal the mode and scales of national operation under authoritarian rule. The preservation of the spatial history, therefore, not only preserves the buildings but also the memory in these spaces. The exhibition emphasizes participation and engagement of visitors and avoids oneway communication. It invites visitors to start a conversation, find out their own relation to the city, and learn the importance of injustice sites and the significance of commemorating them.