Capturing Taipei's Solemn Mood

Photographer Shang Huage roamed the streets of Taipei to find the beauty and sadness of the country by memorializing the February 28 Incident.

Huage's series borrows the movie title of filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien, "A City of Sadness" to commemorate the 2-28 Incident, or the February Massacre, in which an anti-government uprising in Taiwan was violently suppressed by the Kuomintang-led Republic of China government. The violence killed thousands of civilians on February 28, 1947.

This massacre began the White Terror, in which thousands of Taiwanese went missing, died or detained. The incident is one of the most important events of Taiwan's modern history, and a turning point for Taiwan's independence movement.

The contemporary photographs of Huage prove how crucial the event is, as it is a major part of its city life. The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the 2-28 Peace Park are among fixtures and reminders of its violent past. February 28 is now celebrated as Memorial Peace Day. As such, Huage tries to capture that unforgotten sadness.

Images are from Bored Panda.

2017-12-11 #culture #black-and-white #photography #taipei

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