| 66 ATTEMPTS TO REMEMBER 2011

| 66 Attempts to Remember 2011

 

Multi-media installation

single channel video (1min. 56sec.),

wood boards

by Emmanuel Wolfs

“People 
are 
trapped 
in 
history, 
and 
history 
is 
trapped 
in 
them.”

- James Baldwin [ Notes of a Native Son ]

 

 

The Korean War is often referred to in the west as the ‘forgotten war’. Many will know that Korea has a divided territory but few would know what caused the divide and what it means to live in a country that is technically, since 1949, still at war.

 

Traumatic events shook the Korean peninsula over the last century - from the 35 years of brutal occupation by the Japanese Empire to the division of the country that followed shortly after the Second World War.

 

In his work ‘66 Attempts to Remember’, Emmanuel Wolfs brings us back to the moment of separation, which happened 66 years ago. By breaking 66 wood boards shaped like the Korean peninsula, the artist generates an artificial experience allowing him to forge an intense memory of the event, and gains genuine empathy towards the people of Korea.

 

The work also presents the dilemma that Koreans face today: determined to resolve the conflict and hoping to unify the country once again, while being torn between the duty to remember and understand a troubled past, and the need to forget and move on.

| 66 Attempts to Remember 2011

 

installation view

@MoA, Seoul

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