Through their collaboration dating back to 2009, Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho have been exploring the relationship between the human society and art by throwing the fundamental question of “what does art do” in the rapidly changing world and crisis that humanity faces including contradictions of capitalism, historic tragedies and climate change. Their representative project, NEWS FROM NOWHERE, has been inspired by the eponymous utopian novel authored in the late 19th century by William Morris (1834–1869), who led the Arts and Crafts movement in the UK. The project premiered at Kassel Documenta 13 in 2012, and has also won the Korea Artist Prize 2012 held during the same year at MMCA as well as the Noon Award at the 9th Gwangju Biennale. For the past decade or so, the project has been unfolded globally in various forms -
View of NEWS FROM NOWHERE, FREEDOM VILLAGE, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2021.
Through the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2021, Moon & Jeon aim to present a new chapter of NEWS FROM NOWHERE: FREEDOM VILLAGE fully commissioned by MMCA and Hyundai Motor based on the only village that lies on the South Korean side of the heavily fortified Demiliterized Zone (DMZ)—Daeseong-
MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2021: Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho – NEWS FROM NOWHERE, FREEDOM VILLAGE aims to expand the scope of visitors’ imagination by enabling them to travel across the boundaries of reality and fiction through images and videos made based on actual archives and fictions on the history of the village. In addition, a large public platform named ‘Mobile Agora’ will invite experts from every corner of life to discuss issues related to the exhibition. There will be a total of four sessions held as part of the Mobile Agora with project partners, researchers and professionals from various fields’ architecture, science, design, humanities, and so on. They will discover what has caused the crisis that the humanity faces now and explore the alternatives for the future.
Exhibition September 03, 2021–February 20, 2022. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 30 Samcheong-
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