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Young Joo Lee, Paradise Limited, 2017, three-channel digital video, color, sound, 17 minutes.

Young Joo Lee, Paradise Limited, 2017, three-channel digital video, color, sound, 17 minutes.

Young Joo Lee

OCHI PROJECTS

Paradise Limited, 2017, was the showstopper of Young Joo Lee’s recent exhibition. The three-channel animation dramatizes the sociopolitical tensions in the demilitarized zone separating North Korea and South Korea, informed by the artist’s research and interviews there. Lee’s approach to animation could be placed somewhere between Shahzia Sikander’s playful and sometimes acidic riffs on Indian and Persian miniature paintings and William Kentridge’s airless, political morality plays. Referencing Korean landscape scroll paintings (in fact, the video’s attendant eighty-two-foot scroll, In Search of the Lost Tiger [Paradise Limited], 2016, was shown nearby in its own special display unit), Paradise Limited’s narrative unfurls slowly and deliberately, ultimately spinning into a more allegorical yarn. Two warring groups, separated by a central channel, behave like enantiomorphs—mirrors of

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