① Yangjiri Directory ② Manipulation and Counterintelligence

The author sheds light on the villages located to the north of the civilian-controlled zone and to the south of the DMZ (demilitarized zone) in the border area between South and North Koreas. The villages are artificial communities created for the specific purpose of propaganda towards North Korea and the promotion of the national system led by the South Korean government's related policies. Although outsiders may expect to see the distinct characteristics of the DMZ in these villages, the reality is that they have become a legacy of the war exploited by the tourism industry. Moreover, the communities that had gained legitimacy from the state and its ideology no longer determine their way of existing in accordance with the national plan. Instead, their reality is decided for themselves. In these video installation works, which are reminiscent of a crude war memorial museum, Baek shows the relationship between the state and individuals/groups, the ideology that infiltrated into everyday life, and the irony of reality engraved on historical heritage. She traces the true nature of a particular group and place that have been objectified within the boundaries of the state and ideology and combines reality and fiction, or intentionally borrows the form of a crude exhibition, to reveal the reality of the objects that are instrumented within social, political, cultural, and historical contexts.

Miscellaneous: The 12th Gwangju Biennale Exhibition (2018)
Shot on Sep 7, 2018