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The 2013 season at the Atelier Hermès ended with an encounter between two leading Asian art duos, from Burma and Korea. nnncl and mixrice explore the far-reaching social and environmental changes resulting from mankind's relentless pursuit of growth.
To satisfy the desires of Man, our world is experiencing a period of far-reaching change, witnessed (and suffered) by vulnerable populations, and the planet's fauna as a whole. At the Atelier Hermès, work by two leading art duos from Burma and Korea explores the consequences, with pragmatic realism and a touch of fantasy.
nnncl are an artist couple living and working in Burma. Together, Tun Win Aung and Wah Nu explore the nature of memory, as part of a deliberate search for a better understanding of the past. Their film-within-a-film is a real-time narration of an old-fashioned open-air screening in a traditional Burmese village, presenting local people and their day-to-day surroundings as integral elements in the piece. An installation of theatrical backdrops shows a dark, impenetrable forest, evoking a wilderness now lost. Fascinating and troubling in equal measure, the fictive vegetation is itself the backdrop to a projection denouncing the tragedy of deforestation.
nnncl's vision is presented in dialogue with the work of Cho Jieun and Yang Chulmo. Under the name mixrice, the Korean duo focuses on immigration and its consequences. Selected works at the Atelier Hermès include bold videos confronting aspects of the life cycles of plants with personal narratives of immigration. Brightly-coloured sculptures representing fruit and vegetables offer a subtle commentary on the displaced lives of migrants, while a documentary installation explores a former leper colony transformed, on the duo's initiative, into a forum for exchange and socialisation.
Atelier Hermès is temporarily closed due to the renovation.
L'Atelier, Seoul, Korea 630-26 Shinsa-Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul