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  • 2016 1st AUO Artist
  • Lim Jaehwan
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fine Arts in Studio, 6th semester
  • Lim Jae-hwan is an activist-artist who criticizes the lurking human rights violation and bureaucracy that limit democratic freedoms in his home country, South Korea. Creating painting and performances that poetically illuminate violence in society and politics, Lim is currently undertaking his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Through news media, Lim further embodies and reenacts the political issue-makers through which he actively experiences history. Lim recently exhibited in a forum for an International NGO, Global Network For Rights And Development (GNRD), Stavanger, Norway and received SAIC's 2015-2016 Travel Grant.
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Welcome to Korea!

2D (Painting, Drawing,..

  • 2016
  • Agreement to Kimchi-1 (2016), Archival Pigment Print
  • 62 * 107 (cm)
  • 2016
  • Agreement to Kimchi-2 (2016), Archival Pigment Print
  • 62 * 107 (cm)
  • 2016
  • Let Morning Shine on the Silver and Gold of this Land (2016), Archival pigment print.
  • 41 * 56 (cm)
  • 2016
  • Three Ways to Please (2016), Archival pigment print.
  • 37 * 56 (cm)
  • 2016
  • I Hear You (2016), Archival pigment print.
  • 41 * 61 (cm)
  • 2016
  • Stand Behind Me (2016), Archival pigment print.
  • 28 * 37 (cm)
  • 2016
  • Apollo-gy (2016), Archival pigment print.
  • 8 * 13 (cm)
  • 2016
  • Apollo-gy (2016), Archival pigment print.
  • 8 * 13 (cm)
  • 2016
  • Overview of Welcome to Korea (2016)
  • 2016
  • Overview of Welcome to Korea (2016)
  • 2016
  • 1984 (2016), Video, *Link: https://vimeo.com/164796973
  • 6 * 37 (cm)

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Welcome to Korea series (2016)

By exploring the veracity of photographic and video documents in the public realm, "Welcome to Korea" series (2016) informs the role of media and narrative in discourse of the conflicts within and between South and North Korea. Under the rubric of my Korean and international news archives, I reproduce the historical narratives into fictionalized photographs. With my recent visit to Germany as a research of two Koreas' future unification through Germany's 1990 reunification, my latests artworks address the sociopolitical issues in Korea at large. The research scope includes media censorship, dictatorship, political insincerity, human rights violation in legal protests, politician's "out of body" speech, and specific events such as the sinking of Sewol ferry that accentuated the instability of the social structure in South Korea. "Agreement to Kimchi" series (2016) is a direct appropriation of online news imagery and it emphasizes the pixelation of the images. This effect abstracts the specific context of the subject and also connotes the limited access to the reality of North Korea.


1984 (2016)

In "1984" (2016), I directed three non-Korean speakers to reenact President Park Geun-hye's apology speech after the sinking of the Sewol ferry in 2014. Script is written in Romanized Korean taken from the original speech. The participants were asked to reference the video of the president's speech prior to and during the performance to better understand her play-like timing and gestures such as tearing. The title "1984" not only refer to the dystopian novel by English author George Orwell, but also relates it to the historical violence during the dictatorial regime in the 1980s Korea. It also draws similarities with Korea's current situation.


(Ryan walks into the room, stands in front of the podium, and reads below)

#1 Ryan

Jonkyunghaneun Kuckmin Yeoreobun, Sewolho Cimmolsagoga Balsanghanji Ohneullo samship Sail zzaega doeutseumnida On Kuckminee Sojunghan Gajockeul Ileun Yoogajockdeuleui A Peumgwa Beetong hameu Ham Ggae Hago Itseumnida. Kuckmineui Sangmeunggwa Anjeun-eul Checkimjeo Ya Ha neun Daetongleungeuroseo Kuckmin euorobuen Ggaeseo Keokeuishin Gotonge Jinshimeuiro Sagwaduerimnida.

(Ryan bows and walks away from the podium)

(John comes in and stands in front of the podium)

#2 John

Kuckmin Yeoreobun, Jinnan Han Dalyeo dongan Kuckmin Yeoreobun-E Gatchi Apa Hago, Gatchi Bunnohashin Eureul Jal Algo Itseumnida. Sal-lil soo-do Itutdone Haksaengdeol eul Salliji Mothatgo, Chodongdaeeung Misookeuiro Maneun Honlane Iteotgo, Bulbub Gwajeok Deungeuiro Emi Anjeone Maneun Munjaega Yegeundeoeotneundaedo, Baro Japji Mothan Geote Antaggaweohago Bunnohashin Geotira Sangakhamnida. Geui Makjunghan Chaekime Woori Kukmin Modooegae Jooeoujeu Itdago Saenggakhamnida.

(John bows and walks away from the podium)

(Chris comes in and stands in front of the podium)

#3 Chris

Chae Pijido Mothan Maneun Haksaengdeulgwa Majimak Gajokyeohange Doeu Burin Honja Nameun Ae Geu Bak-E Nunmullo Eeojineun Heesangjadeuleui Antaggaumeul Sangggakhameo Jeodo Bunmineuro Jameul Erooji Mothan Nanaleeotseumnida Geudeulul Jikkyujuji Mothago, Geui Gajeokduileui Yeohangileul Jikyu juji Mothae Daetongleungeuiroseo Beaegane Deupnida. Ebeun Sagoe Jedaero Daecheohaji Mothan Choijong Chanckimeun Daetongleungin Jeoegae Itseumnida.

(Ryan, John, Chris all together stands in front of the podium, put eye drop in their both eyes, and read below; It does not matter whether or not all three reads at the same time)

#4 All Together

Geoneun Gwageowa Hyunjaeeui Jalmotdwen Geotdealgwa Beejeongsangeul Baro Japgo Saerowoon Daehanmingookeul Mandeulgi Wehae Modeun Myeongwooneul Geol Geotimnida. Apeuiro Heesaengjaeui Nyucktel Girigo, Angeoneui Joongyoseonguel Dwaesaegigi Wuihae Choomobiruel Gunrilhago, Sawol Shipyookileul Kookminangeoneui Nalro Jigeonghal Goteul Geanhapnida. Dashi Hanbeon Ebeon Sagoro Heesaengdwen Boondueleui Myungbokeul Bilmyue, Yoogajock Yeoreoboonggae Gipeun Wuiroeui Malsseumeul Deuiripnida.

(Lights on)

#5 Ryan, John, Chris bows toward the audience in the room at the same time

Gamsahapnida.

(The end)
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