The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea will hold an exhibition of 'Reenacting History' at the Circular Gallery until January 21st of 2018. 'Reenacting History' is a mega-international exhibition that represents 38 artists from all over the nation and the world. It focuses on how body movements and gestures can reveal our society, history, cultural aspects in an artistic language over the years since 1960. The body is the bridge of building relationships with others and also a societal place where reality, power, capital, and knowledge emerge. As such, the body is a crucial foundation that concludes all of life and many artists have proactively used the body as another medium of art.
This exhibition is in three parts based on how the body approaches life in various forms of art. Part 1, 'Performing Collective Memory and Culture' re-captures the cultural assets and collective memories of communities, a true work of performing 'reenacting history'. This part highlights how Korean performing artists and Japanese avant-garde groups of artists reacted through their bodies throughout the 60s and 70s against the socio-political situations.
Part 2, 'Everyday Gestures, Social Choreography' introduces the after-the-60s work of performances that pulled in daily body movements into art in a 'social choreography' perspective. At this section, you can experience a collaborative networking process as a member of a group. a 'momentum group' that works for the intimate encounters of bodies to bodies.
What the artists at the 'Reenacting History' exhibition perform is different from how history is in language. If writing history in languages was to replay history or prove it, body movements and gestures help watch history in a different view. In 'Reenacting History' the movements of the artists record the traumas and abstinence of history, something that could not have been written in letters and words. This exhibition will be an 'alternative, resistant recording of history' in the movements of all artists.
Translated by_ Gen_E