Open Archive: Project DMZ, 30 Years After
OPEN ARCHIVE: PROJECT DMZ, 30 YEARS AFTER
Kyong Park, Dongsei Kim, Jungyoon Kim, Junhyun Jun, Kangil Ji, Minkyung Song, Yehre Suh, Youngkyu Sim
April 20th, 2019
97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY
3 pm - 5 pm
Book Signing by Kyong Park
Imagining Eurasia: Visualizing a Continental History
5 pm - 6 pm
In November 1988, Storefront presented Project DMZ, an exhibition organized by Kyong Park and Cathleen Crab that imagined how the Korean DMZ might be occupied for non-military and anti-political uses. At the brink of South Korean democracy and right after the Seoul Summer Olympics, when it seemed almost possible that the DMZ could be the next geopolitical line to be removed, artists and architects such as Paul Virilio, Nam June Paik, Mo Bahc, and Lebbeus Woods proposed strategies for inventive use of the space, rather than for its outright elimination.
Today, 30 years later, the political divide between the two Koreas remains. However, recent and dramatic political rapprochement between North and South Korea and the United States hint at the potential for radical transformations to take shape in and around the DMZ.
Presented as Storefront’s first open archive event, and drawing upon the organization’s extensive exploration of its own archival material, Project DMZ, 30 Years After brings together contemporary voices that address the DMZ in their own work and places them in conversation with works from the original exhibition in 1988.
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