Work for Gwangju will honour Korea’s dead
The piece incorporates the remains of those killed
By Gareth Harris. From Art Basel Hong Kong daily edition
Published online: 17 May 2014
A Seoul-based artist plans to show a work incorporating the remains of victims of a Korean War massacre, with the blessing of their relatives. Minouk Lim’s Navigation ID, 2014, will form part of the tenth Gwangju Biennale (5 September-9 November). The work reflects the country’s “sometimes violent and complex past”, says the biennial's artistic director, Jessica Morgan, who is also the curator of international art at the Tate in London. The bones, which were retrieved by the victims’ relatives from the site of a massacre, are housed in a container (above). The artist is making sculptural objects for the relatives to carry into the exhibition site. During the conflict (1950-53), thousands of South Koreans suspected of sympathising with the Communists were murdered by paramilitaries.
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