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Inter Arts Center

Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö

Onsdag–fredag kl. 14–17, lørdag og søndag kl. 11–14

Of Specters – or Returns

Jane Jin Kaisen

21.11.2015 - 20.12.2015


What haunts? And what would it mean to approach the politics of memory from the position of ghosts? To inherit them, to pay them heed, do them justice? These are questions that visual artist and artistic researcher Jane Jin Kaisen engages in, in her solo exhibition Of Specters – or Returns when inquiring into unfinished transnational histories that reverberate in the present moment. The exhibition at Inter Arts Center brings together Kaisen’s evocative 7-channel video installation Reiterations of Dissent that was awarded the Montana ENTERPRIZE in 2011 with her new project Of Specters – or Returns

Reiterations of Dissent illuminates the suppressed history and fragmented memories of the Jeju April Third Resistance and Massacre, which unfolded shortly before the outbreak of the Korean War on Jeju Island, South Korea where the artist is born.
Told through the voices of individuals who have been active in efforts to investigate and narrate the events surrounding Jeju April 3rd as a primal scene of the Cold War in Asia, Reiterations of Dissent discloses how un-reconciled trauma continues to resonate through multiple forms: the island's present landscape, suggestive literary representations, recurring memories of survivors and relatives, shamanic rituals that mediate between the living and the dead, and in protests against the re-militarization of Jeju Island with the construction of the Jeju Naval Base.
Reiterations of Dissent explores an alternative filmic language that challenges relationships between text, image, and narrative. Constituting a multi-layered archive of experiences, events, and perspectives, each video shows a different aspect and a different attempt at approaching the Jeju April Third Resistance and Massacre as an unstable episode of modernity.

Of Specters - or Returns engages legacies of transnational women's movements, the un-ended status of the Korean War and the Cold War based on two international women delegations' journeys to North Korea:
In May 1951, in the midst of the Korean War, the Danish journalist Kate Fleron, one of the leading figures in the Danish resistance movement, travelled to North Korea as part of a delegation of 22 women from 18 countries. The trip was organized by the Women's International Democratic Federation, which in the period after 1945 was one of the largest and most influential transnational women's organizations, but which has been largely written out of Western feminist discourse.
In May 2015, seventy years after the division of Korea, Jane Jin Kaisen went to North Korea as part of a delegation of 30 women from 16 countries, among those Nobel Peace laureates, human rights lawyers, feminists, and peace activists, and crossed the border into South Korea.
In Of Specters - or Returns Jane Jin Kaisen enters into dialogue with Kate Fleron and the specters (those of the dead, the living and those of communism and its discontents) that were awakened during these trips, as well as the modes of commoning that they aspired to.

Inter Arts Center (IAC) is a platform for artistic research and experimentation. It was established by the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts at The University of Lund in 2011, and functions as a meeting point for different art genres, for art and modern technology, and for researchers and artists. IAC holds a unique position, operating as an artistic laboratory and meeting place linking academic and artistic environments, but also different art forms. IAC works closely with the three academies of music, theatre and art in Malmö, on both artistic research and experimentation, and in addition IAC has a wide and growing network of regional, national and international partners.

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