Hyundai Artlab

MOON Kyungwon and JEON Joonho

MMCA
2021
MMCA Hyundai Motor Series
Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Freedom Village
Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Freedom Village
Making of still image, 2021. Busan Film Studio. Image provided by MMCA

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2021: MOON Kyungwon and JEON Joonho

September 3 2021 – February 20 2022, MMCA Seoul


About the Exhibition

In MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2021: MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho – NEWS FROM NOWHERE, FREEDOM VILLAGE, the two artists explore the fundamental question of “What role can art play?” a...

In MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2021: MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho – NEWS FROM NOWHERE, FREEDOM VILLAGE, the two artists explore the fundamental question of “What role can art play?” and the human-art relationship in this rapidly changing world where we face crises including conflicts and confrontations. Through this exhibition, Moon and Jeon aim to present a new chapter of NEWS FROM NOWHERE, FREEDOM VILLAGE featuring a gallery that interacts with the video piece and its environment as well as archives, a large-scale painting and a two-channel video of the only village that lies on the South Korean side of the heavily fortified DMZ - Daeseong-dong, also known as “Freedom Village.” The video, played via two screens that are installed facing each other, depicts the story of two characters who have been isolated from the rest of the world for a long period of time. The story of these two people who consider ways to question and prove their existence within the two isolated worlds, is unfolded their lives connect with each other going beyond the spatiotemporal boundary. News from Nowhere, inspired by the eponymous utopian novel by William Morris (1834-1896) - who famously led the Arts and Crafts movement in the UK, is a project the two have been working on since 2012, as a platform to investigate the world as it is today and as it could be imagined in the future. With their new work including Mobile Agora, a large platform to discuss issues related the crisis that the human faces and the alternatives for the future with various experts, Moon and Jeon aim to once again question the life of humans and role of art after disasters.


Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho have worked together since 2009. Their first major collaborative work, El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World) examines the meaning of art in a future era where, as envisioned by the artists, all social values and order have vanished. It was initially presented at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany in 2012 and since then has been shown at the Korea Artist Prize 2012 exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (2012), the Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2013), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2015), and Tate Liverpool (2018). Moon and Jeon’s other projects include The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, for the Korean Pavilion at Venice Biennale (2015); and Freedom Village (2017). Other recent group exhibitions include Minds rising Spirits tuning, Gwangju Biennale (2021), Altering Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2018), 2050, A Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2018), and The Return of Memory, HOME, Manchester (2017).

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho have worked together since 2009. Their first major collaborative work, El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World) examines the meaning of art in a future era where, as envisioned by the artists, all social values and order have vanished. It was initially presented at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany in 2012 and since then has been shown at the Korea Artist Prize 2012 exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (2012), the Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2013), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2015), and Tate Liverpool (2018). Moon and Jeon’s other projects include The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, for the Korean Pavilion at Venice Biennale (2015); and Freedom Village (2017). Other recent group exhibitions include Minds rising Spirits tuning, Gwangju Biennale (2021), Altering Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2018), 2050, A Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2018), and The Return of Memory, HOME, Manchester (2017).