유령과 싸우다
25cm*20cm, Digital print,2009

강준만의 지적처럼 2000년대 한국인들에게 분열은 운명이 되었다. 분명 '분열'은 우리의 현재이지만 '기록'은 진행형이다. 역사가의 임무가 사실을 명확하게 규명하는 것으로 끝나는 것이 아니라면 지난날 국가가 개인의 인권을 탄압했던 수치스런 기억과 동시에 한국사회를 스쳐갔던 집단적 광기는 오늘날 동시대 풍경들에게도 동일하게 작동될 수 있을 것이다. 이것이 바로 90년대가 우리에게 주는 교훈이다.

Fighting the Ghost
25cm*20cm, Digital print,2009

1990s in Korea can be seen as a period of economic prosperity, political stability through extension of administration based on democratization, and fundamental start of social polarization. People who spent their twenties on the front line of democratization movement in the 80s then changed their stature as heads of families in the established generations. Such transformation meant that Korean society has plunged into ‘a game of survival’ where people compete with each other under capitalist system and ideology of democratization. As one of the important reference points that define the 90s in Korea, such generational change affected incidents happened in Korea during 1990s in both direct and indirect ways.

The collapse of the Sampoong Department Store is an obvious example of the change. The fact that the department store, being as one of capitalist symbols, was collapsed by its own faulty work should be one of several symptoms that satirize the shabbiness of Korean society in 1990s. The dismal atmosphere at the end of a century with Korea’s stand-by agreement with IMF in 1997 brought fear toward the capital and demanded a change of attitude of the democratization generation in Korea. The demand then started to be exploded in a variety of class desires throughout the society. I would like to collect the desires and in part reconstruct them to restore the fragments of memories of the past which has been partly omitted.