MOON KYUNGWON & JEON JOONHO
FREEDOM VILLAGE (2017)
Photographs and single channel video with sound
In this new co-commission with Frieze Projects in collaboration with KCC UK, Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho present a part of their new body of work, based on their artistic research into the small community of the village of Taesung, known as Freedom Village.
Located in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea – an isolated four-kilometre wide no-mans-land that came into being at the end of the Korean War in 1953, Freedom Village remains under UN control and closed to outsiders. Due to its significance in military geography, various restrictions have been imposed on the area, meaning residents cannot renovate their homes or pave their roads. The result: an isolated town that appears frozen in time, unchanged since 1953, so close to its North Korean counterpart that the residents there can be seen with a naked eye.
Moon & Jeon’s recent artistic endeavours centre on News from Nowhere, a collaboration project that focuses on creating an interdisciplinary platform. Their work has been presented at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (2015), the Sullivan Galleries, School of Art Institute of Chicago (2013) and Kassel documenta13 (2012). Moon and Jeon were the recipients of the Noon Award at Gwangju Biennale (2012); 2012 Korea Artist Prize, co-organized by the National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Korea and SBS Foundation (2012); and Multitude Art Prize by Multitude Foundation (2013).