- Artist Im Heung-soon
- Title Reincarnation
- Date 2015
- Medium Two-channel video installation
- Dimensions 22 minutes, 30 seconds
- Credit Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Im Heung-soon’s recent work in documentary film, photography and installation has explored the impact of Korea’s modernization through engagement with its older generations. The artist’s SB12 project builds on previous work with Korean veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars and research on Korea’s heavy-industry companies in the Middle East and North Africa, both of which focus on the role of men.
Against this historical backdrop, Reincarnation (2015) revolves around a community of Korean women of a similar generation who have lived in Iran for more than forty years. Initially dancers on the foxhole circuit, which provided entertainment for some 300,000 Korean troops in the Vietnam War, the women left in the 1970s, bypassing Korea for a more prosperous Tehran, then known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’. Whereas most men who went abroad eventually returned to Korea, these women married Iranian men and started families. Im’s two-channel video explores the potential for identification amid temporal, cultural and geographic dislocation.
Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (SB12) will open on March 5, 2015 and will be on view through June 5, 2015.