Like many of his contemporaries in Korea, Park Chan-kyong’s creative path has always been dynamic. After cutting his teeth as an art critic, Park has gone on to produce multimedia artworks, curate large-scale exhibitions and also create moving image works, sometimes in collaboration with his brother Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden). Running through his practice, we find a deep engagement in modern Korean history, in particular the separation of North and South and the wider geopolitics of the Cold War era. In this programme we present three formally different works which are connected by their interest in what seems ungraspable, and even absurd, about the relationship between the two countries.
LUX, 03 Nov 2019 2:00 pm
In response to “Negotiating Borders”, an exhibition on the DMZ – the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea – at LKCC, the Artist Video strand of the London Korean Film Festival offers a focus on South Korean filmmaker Yoo Soon-mi.
Yoo’s avant-garde essay films explore the repressed memories and unresolved conflicts that continue to haunt and define the Korean peninsula. Her acclaimed first-feature film Songs From the North, awarded with a Golden Leopard for Best First Feature at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, will be presented in London for the first time accompanied by an earlier short film Dangerous Supplement. Dangerous Supplement uses footage from American fighter planes bombing North Korea, attempting to capture a landscape, which keeps drifting away. As Yoo has written, the film is “an incomplete index for the memory, a substitute for a vision that is yet to be born”. That vision was born with Songs from the North, a musical essay film constructed from images shot during three visits to North Korea interwoven with extensive archive material: television entertainment, popular films, propaganda videos and other archival footage.
LUX, 10 Nov 2019 2:00 pm