Since teaming up in 2009, the Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho have created a number of multimedia projects for high-profile venues such as Documenta and the Venice Biennale, dealing with utopia and dystopia in a nebular and speculative mode. Their recent exhibition, “Freedom Village,” engaged more concretely with history and the vagaries of memory. The visual centerpiece of the installation was an eponymous twelve-minute movie (all works 2017). Enigmatic and well-crafted, it opens inside a 1950s-style mad-scientist laboratory, where a frizzy-haired man is busy constructing miniature buildings upon a rocky diorama, which he then zaps with Dr. Frankenstein–type Tesla coils. Cut to shots of a similar-looking man meditatively sweeping a gravel yard in front of a temple, images of lush rice paddies, and archival clips of the Korean War and the inauguration of Freedom
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