Fearless by Lin Yu Chih
Signed copies – limited print run of 100 ex
FEARLESS tells the story of the Atayal, an indigenous group of Taiwanese aborigines based in a mountain region in North Eastern Taiwan.
“Atayal” literally means genuine person or brave man.
Taiwan aborigines – among whom Atayal represent one of the largest stock – have ever since been fond of hunting: hence the meaning of their name. Atayal were evangelized by missionaries, and are of Christian cult.
These populations, heirs of ancient cultural traditions, have lived at the outskirts of developing Taiwan, and Governments often considered them as “unproductive communities”. Living in ignorance and misery, they lost many of their ancient traditions.
When I saw these photos for the first time I immediately thought how the mountains of Atayal and their character are similar to landscape and people of a region in Italy: that’s Basilicata.
It’s a small mountain region in south Italy, poor, remote and still wild, with woods and gorges. At first time we thought to create for these photos something as an old ethnographical book: so I reminded that a great little Italian novel wrote as an ethnographical research were perfect for this case.
The novel from whence I took the texts is “Christ stopped at Eboli” by Carlo Levi. Because of his uncompromising opposition to Fascism, Carlo Levi was banished in 1935 to a small primitive village in Basilicata. Carlo Levi (painter, doctor and writer, came from Turin, a large and elegant city in north Italy) lived out a strong experience in this remote province: until that time no one had ever told with emotional transport and umanity about this region. In 1945 he will write this book on that experience in Basilicata, making an anthropological and universal portrait of a primitive culture, on that misery, courage and dignity. I have brought this story together with Atayal character. (The title “Christ stopped at Eboli” means that civilization as we know it stops before Basilicata begins.)”