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Prelude: Song of Departure, part of The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts, 2019, single-channel video, 4min 45 sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Prelude: Song of Departure, part of The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts, 2019, single-channel video, 4 min 45 sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Prelude: Song of Departure, part of The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts, 2019, single-channel video, 4min 45sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Prelude: Song of Departure, part of The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts, 2019, single-channel video, 4 min 45 sec. Courtesy of the artist.



1.1: Tiger Cave, part of The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts, 2020, single-channel video, 6min 45sec. Courtesy of the artist. (The work is supported by the Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture)



Prelude: Song of Departure, part of The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts, 2019, single-channel video, 4 min 45 sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Prelude: Song of Departure, part of The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts (Installation View), 2019, single-channel video, 4 min 45 sec. Courtesy of GUO Jau-Lan.




AU Sow Yee

The Third Genre: Portrait of Unknown Heroes



Japanese intelligence agent Tani Yutaka, a member of the F agency, one of Japan’s intelligence agencies in the 1940s, spoke fluent Malay. In 1911, he was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and later moved with his parents in northeastern Malaysia, where he became a bandit to avenge his younger sister’s death. Tani Yutaka’s story has been filmed in 1943 and 1989 and adapted into the television series “Bandit Harimau” (快傑ハリマオ)in 1960 and 1961. “Harimau” (ハリオ) is known as Malay word for “Tiger.” The series re-imagine Tani Yutaka’s journey on the sea and in his life.

As a reference to the South, the tiger is also Japan’s mental appearance attached to its human figures on the map of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. During the Japanese occupation, Taiwan was considered the northernmost spot of the South, and how did Japan view the further South? A sleeping tiger is like the sleeping South, the hot, lazy, and unprogressive periphery. “Malayan Tigers” in the tropical rainforest are still named after the colonists, and they drowsily continue their journey to the uncharted fields in their human forms.







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Born in Malaysia, Sow Yee now lives and works in Taipei. Au’s works focus mainly in questioning, exploring as well as expanding the relation between images, image making, historiography, politics and power, through video installation and other media. A finalist for the “2018 Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize” and “Han Nefkens Foundation – Loop Barcelona Video Art Award 2018,” Sow Yee’s works were exhibited in MMCA, Seoul; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; HKW, Berlin; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; Singapore Film Festival among others. Sow-Yee is also a guest writer for online magazine, No Man’s Land, and co-founded “Kuala Lumpur’s Rumah Attap Library and Collective” in 2017.