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The Striking Video Works of Im Heung-Soon
"Striking, complex, and deeply moving, the poignant video works of Korean-born artist Im Heung Soon deal with serious local and international issues like war, poverty and state repression. Unveiling the nuances of trauma and turmoil faced by his female subjects, Im Heung Soon’s work crosses the boundary between documentary film and art, combining interview footage with surreal, dreamlike montages and re-enactments."
An interview with film director Im Heung-soon is presented. When asked about studying art at Kyungwon University, he refers to his work as a teaching assistant during graduate school. He states that he feels sorry to his parents for not getting a regular job and not marrying any woman as they expected.
"'May God give me patience,' whimpers a chador-clad woman in 'Reincarnation,' the newest video work from the South Korean artist and director Im Heung-soon. She is in wartime Iran, waiting for news of her son, whom she fears may be dead. She starts screaming in Farsi, then ululates at ear-piercing timbre. We see the door behind her: It's been soundproofed."