Barking Dogs, 2020
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This video is a digital landscape created based on memories of visiting my grandparents. My grandparents’ house was located in a rural area in Gimpo near North Korea. From there it used to be possible to communicate with the family of my grandmother in the north across the Han river just by shouting. This piece, which is an extension of my previous project “Grandmother/Heirloom (2015)”, was developed after my grandmother’s passing in 2019. Also, it serves as a symbolic memory of the undue imprisonment my grandparents endured for maintaining contacts with remaining family members in North Korea in the past.
It is another attempt to remember my grandmother, therefore, there are various personal symbols associated with her in the video. These include white dandelion, poppies, chestnuts, and cigarettes. It also describes memories that are only shared within the family. With this project, I aim to share the consequences of the political division of Korea and the trauma this has caused, over past and current generations of the citizens of Korea.