The Baroque concept of theatrum mundi in the former Commonwealth

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The Baroque concept of theatrum mundi in the former Commonwealth

Chen Chieh-Jen (陳界仁)

“History has been lingchi-ed, that is, chopped and severed as human bodies. Violence is also gradually internalized, institutionalized and hidden. We do not see where we are and what was before us. We do not see the violence of history or that of the State either. That is the reason why we need to gaze at the images of horror and penetrate through them. Is the dark abyss of wounds not the very crack that we need to pass through so as to arrive at the state of full-realization and self-abandonment?” –Chen Chieh-Jen, “About the Forms of My Works” ~ from Joyce Liu essay