Matsu Biennial: Ruby Red after Summer
Returning to the Island - The Dongyin Design Island Project Exhibition
“Let’s return to the island.”
This year, the co-creative incense of the Returning to the Island exhibit passes from Dongju to Dongyin, adding a dose of Dongyin’s recently acquired “design prowess” to the co-creation project.
The exhibit analyzes how each Matsu youth has shifted their perspectives since their “return to the island”, unveiling the ways they have responded to the test of time, like Ruby Red After Summer, sustainably living on each island. In the curatorial spirit of the first biennale installment, artistic co-creation and environmental sustainability, this year’s project addresses the loss and rebirth of “local cultural narratives” through design and the diminishing and reconstruction of “local population” through co-creation.
The exodus of the youth population has become a major issue in Matsu. However, Dongyin’s population numbers bucks the trend. By mid-2022, the registered population of Dongyin Township has risen to 1500, surpassing Juguang to become the third most populous township in Matsu. Not only has the population in Dongyin risen steadily the last 10 years, but the township has achieved the youngest population age structure since last year.
Salty Island Studio, a team of young creators which started in 2020, has grown from 3 members to 17, and now consist of 8 homecoming and 9 newcomer youths. How did Dongyin emerge in the space of 10 years from a dying town to become the youngest township in Matsu? Or rather, how has design thinking effected change in the co-creation process? The Dongyin Design Island Project is the present action of Dongyin’s youth, inviting you to bear witness.