The exhibition Negotiating Borders at The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) from the Real DMZ Project featured artists:
Jung Heun Kim
Seung Woo Back
Zoh Kyung Jin / Cho Hye Ryeong.
Engaging with this unique and complex territory, artists present new commissions and recent works across installation, sculpture and film, confronting the sensitivities, perceptions and realities of a divided Korean peninsula.
Since its establishment in 1953, the DMZ has been regarded, paradoxically, as one of the world's most heavily militarised areas. With border tensions easing, and unprecedented progress in inter-Korean relations, recent measures – including the demolishing of twenty guard posts in December 2018 – can be seen as a first step towards disarmament.
Positioned within this context, the exhibition at the KCCUK was built around two conceptual pillars of time and space to link the past, present and future of the DMZ. Whilst the exhibition offered a unique insight into the complexities of the Korean peninsula, research and archival material offered alternative views of the DMZ’s surroundings, encompassing themes such as landscapes, villages, military and natural bio-environment.