Flesh and Bones, 2017-2018
ABOUT THE ARTWORK "Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have." (Luke 24:39)
My father who has lived all his life as a poor labourer said, "Thanks to the man we eat and live well." I could not accept it, but I could not say a word. The man is Park Chung-hee, the father of Park Geun-hye, the former president of South Korea who was impeached in 2017. He seized power through staging a coup, and was assassinated while ruling South Korea for 18 years. The blood, sweat and tears shed by those who under the Park Chung-hee regime are forgotten, and the narrative that South Korea was able to develop due to the dictatorship of Park Chung-hee became a myth. The protagonist of the myth still wanders South Korean society like a ghost. I am gazing quietly at the shadow of the ghost.
ABOUT THE ARTIST Hyonchang Lee is an emerging photographer based in Seoul. He studied law at Hanyang University and photography at Kaywon University of Art & Design in South Korea. He is interested in the relationship between state and individual. His work based on East Asian history has been exhibited internationally. He was selected as a winner of the photography category at WAV Venice by Moving Lab and European Cultural Centre in 2019.