Kim Kyung-mook is one of Korea’s most multifaceted moving image artists - his rich and diverse output includes feature-length narrative films, documentaries, experimental films of various lengths and moving image installations. In his work, Kim explores the precarious living conditions of marginalized groups of people, from homosexuals, transsexuals, sex workers and North Korean defectors to disenfranchised youth, giving a voice to those who are not often heard and revealing the ambiguity that lies between appearance and disappearance, visibility and invisibility, presence and absence in South Korean society. One of Korea’s leading LGBT filmmakers, Kim Kyung-mook is an autodidact who dropped out of school at sixteen and made his first film aged nineteen.
This programme brings together his most recent work, the documentary Grace Period (co-directed with Caroline Key) with his breakthrough debut Me and Doll Playing, a highly autobiographical short film that plays with the conventions of confessional video, experimental queer cinema and coming of age documentary drama.
LUX, 04 Nov 2018 2:00 pm
Kwon Hayoun is a visual artist whose innovative animation work is concerned with the construction of historical and individual memory and their ambivalent relationship to reality and fiction. Grounded in personal stories, her short films bring together CGI animation, documentary filmmaking and political art. As she writes, “by working with animation, I am able to play with fiction and fantasy within a forbidden area and my artistic work is an extension of hypothetical possibility. I am able to go beyond the limit of my reality. By the particularity of animation which is distinguished from reality, I use the animation as a means to overcome my political situation.”
In her most recent body of work (including three of the films in this screening programme), Kwon has focused on the reality of a border – the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land that is 248 km long, approximately 4 km wide and serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea - with animation allowing her to produce work in and about a forbidden area.
LUX, 11 Nov 2018 2:00 pm