Artist: Sangdon Kim
Little Chicago, 2008
Ink on photographs, wood pole with plastic branches, and carpet, dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist
Even though one might say that little struggles of the subalterns in Dongducheon failed to be consolidated enough to challenge the sovereign power, there was a clear presence of everyday politics in the form of vernacular language. Ingenious hybrid languages and metaphors were invented amid the interactions between foreigners and Koreans in depicting the landscapes and the topology of the city. KIM collects such names and tracks down the places that witness the amalgamation and tension between the two or another rich unidentifiable hybrid cultures in the region. This photography series insinuates demographic, political, and sociological readings of the city.
-Heejin Kim, Insa Art Space
This video is part of Insa Art Space’s presentation “Dongducheon: A Walk to Remember, A Walk to Envision,” May 9-July 6, 2008, Museum as Hub, New Museum.