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Fishing Area: Squid Jigger Vessel, 2015, photo paper, 50 × 74 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Fishing Area: Squid Jigger Vessel, 2015, photo paper, 50 × 74 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Fishing Area: Albatross, 2015, photo paper, 50 × 74 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Fishing Area: Fisherman sorting squid on lower deck, 2015, photo paper, 20.3 × 30.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Fishing Area: Overfishing, 2015, photo paper, 50 × 74 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Fishing Area: Overfishing, 2015, photo paper, 50 × 74 cm. Courtesy of the artist.




LU Yu-Jui

The Second Genre: The Sub-history of Wildlife Trade



From every January to June, nearly 100 squid jigger vessels will set out from E120° to W60°, to operate in the fishing area in southwest Atlantic Ocean outside of Falkland Islands, fishing the argentine shortfin squid commonly found in Taiwan’s daily life. Upon entering the fishing area, the vessels operate around-the-clock, and crew members labor like a well-functioning machine. The vessel resembles a hungry and greedy monster that absorbs marine creatures in the middle of the night. Where does the endless desire of this giant monster come from?



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Lu Yu-Jui, born in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Lu is a documentary director and photographer, graduated from Graduate Institute of Sound and Image Studies in Documentary of Tainan National University of the Arts. He continues to record the humanities of Kaohsiung seaside culture. His works include: Waiting for Fish of 2006, nominated for South Taiwan Film Festival; About Waving Good-bye – Three Years of Navigation, photographic work of 2010, won the Kaohsiung Award; We Are Still on the Homeward Voyage 224 -21639nm, a video installation of 2011, selected in Kaohsiung International Container Arts Festival. In 2017, his third documentary Squid Jigging Fishing Boat was selected in South Taiwan Film Festival (2017); Taiwan International Labor Film Festival (2017); Taipei Film Festival (2018); Festival Filmer le travail-Poitiers (2019).