Tilted Scenes – What do you see?
Back Seungwoo in “Utopia#032” divides a single digital image into thirteen parts, had each of the thirteen parts printed in a different country, and then re-assembled the results into a single image. The original image was a promotional photo from North Korea, which Back digitized and restructured. When sending out the sections of the photo to the different countries for printing, he specified that they all be printed according to the same settings and on the same type of paper. However, the final prints that he received showed many differences in color tone, some subtle and some very obvious. After receiving all thirteen images, Back assembled them back into one image, which was then exhibited as a large photographic work. Looking at the final photo, viewers realize the errors that can result from supposedly “objective” data.
Shin Boseul, Curator, Total Museum of Contemporary Art
Artist’s website: seungwooback.com
About “Where He Meets Him” Inhwan Oh says: “Using powdered incense, I write the names of gay bars/clubs in the city that is hosting my exhibition on the floor of the exhibition space. The incense slowly burns during the period of the exhibition. The significance of the names is initially clear only to those who are familiar with these spaces. For others, they appear as enigmatic words. An essential part of this work is the process of sharing the piece with the viewers by burning it. As the incense burns the physical boundary of the piece expands unpredictably into space and even enters the viewer’s body.
Artist’s website: www.inhwanoh.com
Ham Yang continues to work on experimental works including visual art, sculpture, installation and objet in Seoul, New York, Amsterdam and Istanbul. As a media artist, Ham puts distinctive narratives into her works by metaphorically portraying the social aspects based in life. Ham continuously observes contemporary social life, and her observations, experiences, and contemplations inspire her to produce images of reality that she then incorporates into her video and installation works. Her art consistently focuses on the social reality where my life, your life, and our lives are objectively revealed.
Kang Sumi, Professor, Dept. of Painting at Dongduk Women’s University, Seoul
Known for making sci-fi style videos and installations, the Korean duo in 2012 and participated in dOCUMENTA, and in 2015 they have exhibited at the Korean Pavilion in the Venice Biennale with the multi channel film “The Ways of Folding Space & Flying”. The single channel video “Freedom Village” has been presented in 2018 Frieze Project, the artists here present their artistic research related to the small farming community of the village of Taesung (Freedom Village) in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. The Freedom Village was formed immediately following the Korean War, and continues to exist in concealment, despite changes with time, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea.
“S.O.S.- Adoptive Dissensus” documents several performances that Lim Minouk organized to be seen by passengers on the Han River Ferry. After boarding the Han River Ferry at the Yeouido Ferry Terminal, passengers sail passing several historical landmarks. During the journey, the captain of the ferry tells the passengers about important historical events related to each site. On the nights of March 29 and 30, 2009, however, Lim staged several incidents to be observed by the passengers. Uniquely appropriating the attention of passengers, “S.O.S.- Adoptive Dissensus” is a cogent reminder of the history and memories that have been lost in the course of modernization and urbanization. MMCA
“Insatiable Desire of Pathetic Love Series” is the result of the work by Noh Suntag documenting the preparation and construction process of the building of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul branch. The project chronicles the long-anticipated opening of the Seoul branch from diverse creative perspectives, interweaving the historical importance of the site’s past with the present and utilizing a variety of media. Suntag Noh photographs capture the transformation of this historic site previously home to the former Military Hospital and Defense Security Command over the course of five years from 2009 to 2013.
mixrice is an artistic duo formed by Cho Ji Eun (b.1975) and Yang Chul Mo (b.1977). Their work encompasses photography, video, animation, wall painting and festival organization, and is often produced in collaboration with migrant communities. mixrice focus on the traces and process of migration, what they describe as ‘skin sense’ – embodied, felt memories, tastes and sensations of place, which displaced individuals carry with them.
“Evolving Plants” brings together seven stories, with various episodes: a plant that turns an abandoned area into a forest; the unexpected scenery of an old apartment left for 30 years; the exotic fields on the rooftops of migrants’ houses; the migration of thousand-year-old trees; tree and forest keepers; and submerged scenery.
“Come Back Alive Baby” deals with the end of the world, salvation, with the apocalyptic condition, but also with the energy of new formation. The film was shoot in locations such as Chernobyl, Buchenwald memorial, Yubari, Japan, massacre sites in South Korea, and the Wéris megaliths in Belgium. It is based on the Korean folktale of “Baby Commander,” a story of an extraordinary baby that was murdered by its parents, by neighbors, and by soldiers, but always revived itself from its grave.
Na Hyun’s most recent project, “Babel Tower Project” deals with Berlin’s Mt.Teufelsberg, a mountain made of the remnants of the second World War, as well as Seoul’s Nanjido, the site of accumulating waste from the city’s modernization and urbanization. The project represents Na Hyun’s attempt to reinterpret these historical traces of two cities as a contemporary Tower of Babel. Na Hyun (1970) deals with projects that expand the reality of documentation while constructing data on historical events and records.