Hyundai Artlab

IM Heung-soon: Things that Do Us Part

MMCA
2017
MMCA Hyundai Motor Series
Things that Do Us Part, Film still, 2017
Things that Do Us Part, Film still, 2017
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MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2017: IM Heung-soon - Things that Do Us Part

November 30 2017 – April 8 2018, MMCA Seoul

About the Exhibition

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2017: IM Heung-soon - Things that Do Us Part addressed how the ideology of division takes root deeply in Korea – existing in a subconscious manner, in a w...

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2017: IM Heung-soon - Things that Do Us Part addressed how the ideology of division takes root deeply in Korea – existing in a subconscious manner, in a way like a ghost. The exhibition depicted the lives of four women - Jeong Jeong-hwa (1900-1991), Kim Dong-il (1932-2017), Ko Gye-yeon (1932-), and Lee Jeong-suk (1944-) - through interviews with them and their acquaintances, and by looking into their keepsakes and belongings, and archives. IM reconstructed individuals and history, and traveled across various disconnected times of the Korean society to bring life back to the nameless. With this work, he aimed to restore the time and experiences of the women, scattered throughout the grand course of history. The word “ghost” in the work’s subtitle ‘Belief, Faith, Love, Betrayal, Hatred, Fear, Ghost’, can be interpreted as an ideology and as a metaphor of the artist who searches, observes, and describes it. It could also mean the millions and millions of ordinary people who float around in the discrepancy between the truths and lies of a historical narrative. They ask, "What are the things that do us part?"

IM Heung-soon (born in Korea, in 1969) has spent his career creating works in various art forms including videos that highlight the lives of ordinary people who were alienated and sacrificed in the course of Korea’s modern history. At the 2015 Venice Biennale, IM won the Silver Lion for Factory Complex, a feature-length documentary on the realities faced by women workers who led the extraordinary development of the Korean economy at the cost of personal sacrifice. IM defines the museum as a wholly new, different space, another world where all sorts of possibilities coexist, serving as a container in which all stories are heard as one encounter and intersect with each other. For his MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2017: IM Heung-soon - Things that Do Us Part, he therefore employed a completely different methodology by creating constant changes after the opening of the exhibition. In recent years, IM has exhibited at Carnegie Int’l, Pittsburgh (2018), HKW, Berlin (2017), Centre Pompidou (2017),Taipei Biennale (2016), and MoMA PS1 (2015).