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Director: Park Chan-kyong
15 mins, 2000

Sets (2000) is a photo essay, originally exhibited using an automatic slide-projector loaded with 160 35mm slides. The images are divided into three categories: Seoul as imagined through North Korean film sets, taken from a film studio in Pyongyang; film sets for Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area (2000); and a mock village used by the South Korean army reserve for training. Here Park reveals how the North and South have manifested themselves in the imagery of the other side and explores the tension between photographic images and the grim reality. In Park’s own words, “In the same way that we see in films about real historical events, we have come to realise that history deploys itself in part through intensely fictionalised, militarised and deeply masculinised narratives.”