December 6, 2008 – February 15, 2009
Art Sonje Center
The images of war and military culture face diverse circumstances in ordinary life, which have been regarded as political and social issues. But they clash with individual and collective situation and are accepted differently in current society in Korea. Those images exist in the middle of ordinary life such as magazines, toys, and commercial events, which are not only regarded as blind obedience, absolute belief and sacrifice for the nation but also connected with capitalist structure and indifference of violence. Five participating artists use photograph in their own strategic ways to express irony and riddle inside the process of transferring objects to photographic images technically and contextually. For that reason, objects in their photographs are shaded by a structure of photograph as well as ideology, capital, culture, and commodity. Moreover, the artists do not only produce fragmentary images of a specific situation in Korea but also attempt to draw photographic images into the dimension of knowledge through a long term project based on research and observation. Their images are not just delivering information and documents rather stepping into the system of knowledge as well as presenting visual senses.