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Rose Line Project

Group Exhibition - INTERVIEW : 525,600 Hours of Baengnyeong-do - / 2013 /

Incheon Art Platform, Baengnyeong-do,  South Korea

Baengnyeong is an island of South Korea positioned just upon the line of the 38th Parallel. In contrast to the beauty of its village landscapes, its northern territory is dominated by fences of barbed wire. This exhibition documents my 3 month residence in 2013 and 2014 upon this island and the projects I developed here, including “Rose Line Project” decorating the barbed wire which encapsulates the islands army bases with 5000 fake roses as well as records of her rose making workshops with children and original posters drawing upon the events of the Pan-European Picnic of 1989.

The wired fence changed a beautiful rose creeper. On the fence covered with red roses and roses of diverse colors children have freely made. While strolling around the Incheon Art Platform's Baengnyeongdo Peace Art Residency, I discovered that many red roses blossomed in the village. Meanwhile, I also noticed as many wired fences around the island as there are beautiful flowers that residents grew. I have worked under the proposition that "I completely newly transformed structures with heavy and negative images or with political meanings through artistic expression until now, "While residing in Baengnyeongdo, I wanted to change the wired fences I could easily find in the island into artworks that show a  beautiful messages through the "Rose Line Project". The artwork embraces the message, "for the future peace of Baengnyeongdo." 

I made roses to stick to the wired fences with children. About 100 elementary and kindergarten students participated and they made beautiful roses. They made the roses with thrown out old clothes.