MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2017: IM Heung-soon


About the Exhibition

IM Heung-soon’s MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2017 exhibitionThings that Do Us Part considered the ways in which division is a subconscious and ubiquitous ideology within Korea. IM conducted interviews with four women and their close acquaintances: Jeong Jeong-hwa (1900–91), Kim Dong-il (1932–2017), Ko Gye-yeon (b. 1932), and Lee Jeong-suk (b. 1944) and researched their personal archives and keepsakes in order to reconstruct their individual histories, which traversed various periods of Korean history, and to bring life back to the nameless. Through the inclusion of the word “ghost” in the work’s subtitle, “Belief, Faith, Love, Betrayal, Hatred, Fear, Ghost,” one can understand the importance of this idea and the ways in which it can function as a metaphor for those who search as well as those whose lives float between the truths and lies of historical narratives.

About the Artist

IM Heung-soon (b. 1969, Seoul, South Korea) is a multimedia artist who has spent much of his career exploring ways in which Korea’s modern history has affected the lives of ordinary people. IM received the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2015 for Factory Complex, a feature-length documentary about the lives and sacrifices made by women workers who led the development of the Korean economy. IM believes in museums as spaces of possibility and intersection, an ideology that manifested in his MMCA Hyundai Motor Series presentation via a continual evolution of the exhibition following its opening. IM’s work has been on view at the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2018); HKW, Berlin (2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); Taipei Biennale (2016); and MoMA PS1, New York City (2015).

About the Program

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series

The MMCA Hyundai Motor Series is a pivotal part of the decade-long partnership between MMCA and Hyundai Motor, which aims to expand the field of Korean contemporary art and its role in the broader global dialogue. Each year, MMCA Seoul presents a major solo exhibition featuring new works by a Korean artist or collective. Accompanied by seminars and publications, this platform offers audiences an immersive encounter with the prevailing currents and vibrancy of Korean art today. The series began in 2014 with a groundbreaking exhibition by Lee Bul, followed by Ahn Kyuchul, Kimsooja, IM Heung-soon, CHOIJEONGHWA, Park Chan-kyong, Haegue Yang, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, and Choe U-Ram, and culminates in 2023-4 with Jung Yeondoo.

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