The Submerged Beauty of Formosa


6 October, 2018


Dimension: Variable


Yang Shun Fa

Title: The Submerged Beauty of Formosa

Medium: Photographs

Dimension: Variable

Courtesy: The artist

Year: 2015-2017


The coastal areas in Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan suffer the worst land subsidence in Taiwan.

Every time the artist visited these places, he saw official residences of salt farms and military blockhouses submerged in water. These abandoned buildings seemed to tell their stories to the artist. In his mind, he could almost see the bustling scenes of the past with the shouting of salt workers, the noise of machines, and the military cadence cried out by soldiers. Today, these abandoned buildings filled with history are underwater due to land subsidence, with no one paying attention to them! As the world faces climate change and global warming, scientists predict that the sea level will rise by one meter a century later. How about now?

Climate change has led to a change in the direction of the wind, which occurs more and more frequently and with higher intensity. Everything is changing, except our thinking. We do not take Mother Nature’s warnings seriously and still believe that humankind will triumph over nature.