EXORCISING HISTORY?SOON-MI YOO|
NOVEMBER 11 [NEW AMERICAN ART UNION AT 7:30PM] 922 SE Ankeney, $6 suggested donation
Korean filmmaker Soon-Mi Yoo's work investigates peripheral histories of Korea. Working with archival footage and original material, her videos poetically connect to the personal with themes of alienation, death and the horrific atrocities of war. Ssitkim: Talking to the Dead is a thoughtful essay on the human process of grieving and loss as well as an historical investigation into the little known role of 320,000 Korean soldiers who fought in Vietnam for the United States and, more specifically, carried out mass civilian killings. Isahn uses documentation of the stereoscopes at Imjingak (a town near the North Korean border where exiled North Koreans can look back at state approved photographs of their "home") to dwell on the difficulties of displacement and the pain of being separated across borders.
?ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE?
Isahn [2003, video, color, sound, 17 min]
Ssitkim: Talking to the Dead [2004, video, color, sound, 34 min]
Faith [1999, video, color, sound, 12 min]