193 postcards with map centered on different country (193 member states of the United Nations) and the word “home” in official language of each country (translated by Google translate). All postcards are sent as postcard from Taiwan, a UN non-member, to the exhibition place.
What’s in a name? In Chinese, the term country consists of two characters: 國(nation) and 家(home), which for the ancients are inseparable. I recognizes the constructed nature of language but have faith in its potential nevertheless. The work highlights the former through following the norm of UN and Google. How we interpret continuous landscape are limited by consensus, and what remains unnamed, just like what remains undigitalized, is marginalized. Meanwhile, the latter embodies in direct connection the work produces for those who spot their home. Familiar language, just like the desire to locate ourselves on the world, approaches us, calling for our response; it’s a universal experience and an individualized one at the same time. As for the form, postcard evokes a sense of intimacy as well as implying the global transportation system that makes the work possible.
With or without name, home is where we encounter.