Work Title: The River I Must Cross II
Media: 2 Channel Video, HD
About the work, The River I Must Cross II:
Borders are imaginary boundaries made real. They’re the places where the geographical boundaries between the manufactured concepts of culture, race, politics, and nations converge. In the past, these borders were far more fluid and flexible. Many were intangible, and in practice they still shift. But some of these moving lines have become fixed, nowhere moreso than in militarized control zones. The Yalu river was a natural border between China and Korea for centuries, but was once crossed freely. It’s now a place of nightmare for North Koreans leaving the country. This work plays on the modern reality of this borderland, a control zone forbidden to Koreans but a popular tourist attraction for others. Koreans can only experience this nether realm through media, acting as eyes for Koreans, always unsure if they can trust what they see. They are forced to construct their own truths and find other ways of crossing of this ancient but now forbidden border. Because we can't cross, we have to explore concepts via media and art to find truths we can build ourselves.
Noa Im was born and works in Seoul. She studied photography at the Parsons School of Design and holds an MA from London’s Chelsea College of Art and Design. She has participated a number of Seoul International Photo festivals, and is currently in the Seoul Photo Festival at the Buk Seoul Museum of Art. Her work has been shown at the Seoul Museum of Art (2012), Zaha Museum (2016), and Seoul Olympic Museum (2005). She has traveled to a number of residencies, including the Cite International des Art Paris via an award from the Samsung Foundation of Culture.
My interest is in how memory, media, and perception blend with reality. Media is a hugely influential tool for creating images of reality. But can we really trust it? Sometimes it only generates fantasies. Even when memory is bent and twisted, it often harbours truths. Perceptions are always changing with the overlapping of conflicting emotion, and even society changes, evolving through the passage of time. My interdisciplinary practice explores the liminal region between time, place, and language.