Hayoun Kwon: Films and Virtual Realities
2011-17, Hayoun Kwon, South Korea/France/USA, 75 min.
- Thu, Apr 5th 6:00pm
Through a unique interplay of documentary techniques and animation technologies, the films and virtual reality projects of Paris-based South Korean artist Hayoun Kwon present new realms for history and memory. Biographical accounts of a Nigerian asylum seeker in LACK OF EVIDENCE (2011) and a South Korean soldier serving in the Korean Demilitarized Zone in 489 YEARS (2015) are mapped onto spectacular animated landscapes that undergo dramatic transformations in perspective. North Korea's propaganda village Kijŏng-dong is replicated in Kwon's MODEL VILLAGE (2014), which highlights the irony of an uninhabited utopia, while THE BIRD LADY (2017) immerses viewers into a Parisian apartment turned aviary. Kwon's striking images reflect the shifting psychic and geopolitical realities of her subjects. The artist presents a selection of films, two recent virtual reality projects, and discusses the ideas and technologies that sustain her practice. (Ariel Clark-Semyck)
April 5: Filmmaker Hayoun Kwon is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.