Through their collaboration dating back to 2009, Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho explored the relationship between human society and art by asking the fundamental question of ‘what is art doing’ in the rapidly changing world and the crisis facing it. humanity faces, including the contradictions of capitalism. , historical tragedies and climate change. Their representative project, NEWS FROM NOWHERE, was inspired by the eponymous utopian novel written at the end of the 19th century by William Morris (1834-1869), who led the Arts and Crafts movement in the United Kingdom. The project was first presented at Kassel Documenta 13 in 2012 and also won the Korea Artist Prize 2012 held the same year at the MMCA as well as the Noon Award at the 9th Gwangju Biennale. Over the past decade or so, the project has expanded globally in various forms – media, installation, archives, multidisciplinary research and workshop, publication.
Through the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2021, Moon & Jeon aims to present a new chapter of NEWS FROM NOWHERE: THE VILLAGE OF FREEDOM fully commissioned by MMCA and Hyundai Motor based on the only village on the South Korean side of the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) – Daeseong-dong, also known as “Freedom Village”. The village, which is not even marked on the navigation system, has spent the past 7 decades without being a part of either South Korea or North Korea since the armistice agreement was signed in 1953 after the Korean War. Both artists focus on the distorted nature of the village resulting from the confrontation and tension of human history, going beyond the prospect of seeing it as a distinctive place resulting from the unique political situation of the Korean Peninsula. At the same time, they have expanded the project to also reflect the reality the world faces today as we grapple with the global pandemic which is leading to increased isolation in many ways. The project shows that the Freedom Village, which has been isolated for a long time as one that exists but at the same time does not exist due to the ideological conflict of the past, reflects the present and the future of our society while changing and evolving. repeating continually within our daily lives.
MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2021: Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho – NEWS FROM NOWHERE, VILLAGE OF FREEDOM aims to widen the field of the imagination of visitors by allowing them to cross the borders of reality and fiction through images and videos produced from real archives and fictions on the history of the village. In addition, a large public platform named “Mobile Agora” will invite experts from all corners of life to discuss issues related to the exhibition. There will be a total of four sessions organized within the framework of the Agora mobile with project partners, researchers and professionals from various fields of architecture, science, design, humanities, etc. They will find out what caused the crisis facing humanity today and explore alternatives for the future.