1. In Abeyance, South Korean Flag, 2017
Bronze castings on steel rods
60 x 3.5 x 6”
On March 1st, 2017, which was the 98th anniversary of Samiljeol (Independence Movement day against Japanese rule of Korea), many South Korean citizens refused to hoist the national flag outside their homes to avoid the misapprehension that they opposed the impeachment of the president Park Geun-hye. The South Korean flag – that was overwhelmingly used as an emblem, shield, and weapon by the agitators who supported the president Park – has gradually become the symbol of a particular political party often advocating for capitalism, pro-American policies, and objection to reunification of two Koreas.
In Abeyance, South Korean Flag is an attempt to dismantle, and also vacate the symbolic function of the South Korean flag as a tool of communication, support, violence, resilience, and surrender. The recreation of the flagpoles strictly follows the governmental regulation in its measurement, color, and material. Nevertheless, with its absent flag, forged poles, and worn down quality that have seemed to disregard the proper storing method and even the meaning of flag-raising, the flagpoles now embody limitless potential for all function, if not none.
2. Map of the World, 2017-ongoing
EuroGraphics Map of the World Puzzle (1000-pieces)
Map of the World is an on-going project in response to the history of the universally recognized map of the world that is deeply rooted in colonialism and romanticization of the unknown – particularly in nature, geography, and ethnicity. Using a self-imposed system to ignore the image printed on the puzzle and assemble the pieces according to their physical shapes, the map of the world is reconfigured. The assembly of the Map of the World is never to be completed; it will continue to transform.