記憶與遺忘 Memory and Forgetting
無名者的家庭史/帶著楊理的照片行走“中山路”，攝於天安門，2020 Family History of the Unknown / Walking on Zhongshan Road with Yang Li’s photograph, Tian’anmen Square, 2020
楊理在日記最後寫下地址：江似海，北京市中山路9567號門牌 攝於北京天安門 2020
Family photo in the pill box,Grandpa、Grandma and five children “Zhen, Li,Yong,Yuan,Cun ( it means “The truth is forever” )
The “Yutou’e Crossing Bridge” where the Violent Struggles took place, now the Gongqing River under the bridge is building its embankment. In the oral accounts of witnesses, countless corpses died on the road at the time.The Si Pai massacred the captured members of the He Pai at the bridge, Aad according to official records “the He Pai was killed only 30 people”.Yang Li died on this bridge, but his body was not recovered.
鹽場的某個院落，在毛時代曾用來招待越南人達到粵西學習和考察製鹽。住在院落的居民說，當時為了照顧這些越南高官子弟，請了縣內最好的廚師給他們做飯。One of the courtyards at the Saltern was once used to entertain Vietnamese who came to western Guangdong to learn and investigate salt production during the Mao era. Residents of the compound said that the best cooks in the county were hired to cook for the children of these high-ranking Vietnamese officials.
Regarding the “Family History of the Unknown” project, I am not writing a “family history”, rather, it focuses on the narrative of the great history, which leads to the blank, loss and error memories, and what traces of the power behind these memories leave behind, which can be analyzed and presented structurally with the void of the current history.
In parents’ families, there are relatives who died in the 1960s movement, whose descriptions by family members have now become blurred, and there are many clues that can be traced, which by my generation were already in the throes of being obscured.
When I ask what kind of history I have to face to belong to this family, the conflicts, blanks, and errors completely dominate it, and family memories are so easily lost in the writings of the Big History. When history fills in “a good enough story” accurately, then what is lost in the flow of ordinary families, ordinary lives, creates the archive of our present reluctance to reveal the truth, and this is the question to which “Family History of the Unknown” is oriented.
To sort out history with the help of memories in project actions, but also a reflection on “forgetting” – where is “I”? I am not here to record them, but I am in the same stream of time as they are.For the sake of the hidden wounds and lost words, people and people, we need to respond the instinctive understanding and fearlessness.