Kim Yunchul, GYRE, 2017, Exhibition view, Gallery Baton, Seoul. Courtesy: Gallery Baton, Seoul.
This huge retrospective of Krzysztof Wodiczko's work presents everything from his early objects concerning censorship under a Polish socialist government to his 'cultural prosthetics' for the homeless and immigrants to his projections on monuments and civic buildings. The artist's lifetime interest in the interventions in public spaces by minority social groupings takes on even more resonance, given the rise of 'plaza politics' in Korea - the term given to the series of protests numbering tens of millions of people which finally led to the impeachment of the former president in March. His new work, My Wish (2017) is a replica of the statue of Kim Gu, the Korean nationalist politician and leader of the Korean independence movement against Japanese occupation, which becomes a screen for a video projection featuring various Korean citizens. From a mother of a victim of the Sewol Ferry Disaster in 2014, to a member of a labour union, to a participant in a patriotic rally supporting the former president, the artist allows them tell their own stories. The work was produced in collaboration with artists, scenographers, and film directors in Korea.