The exhibition shows the aftermath of the korean war.
How people used military goods as basic necessities to get by everyday; military telegraph wire used to make bags and basket; furniture made up of crude oil box; cannon canister used as a school bell, heater and chimney; the empty cartridge which originally held bullets that killed thousands of men, used as a case for acupuncture materials that saved countless people.
The photograph exhibited, which depicts a 101 years old grandmother holding her son’s (a fallen soldier in Korean War) first and final letter in front of his tomb that is positioned in Korean War Memorial, made people lost for words in sadness and solemnity.
Through this exhibition, the artists found various ways to express tears, pains, despair and hope, all the feelings that a war can present in the form of visual arts.
This video shows the exhibition that wishes to send the message of hope in the midst of despair and how they stood up in times of hardship through the memoirs of war.
It has been 60 years since the korean war has ended in armistice. During the 16th National Creative Performing Art Festival in ChangMoo, 25 teams from 6 different countries have participated with performance prepared under this year’s theme of “War, the Arts and a Cure ”. All the performances strive to cure war’s emotional damage.
Among those 25 unique performances put up by participating teams, there are three productions that captured all the audiences’ attention.
“The Icy River” which expressed the pain and desperation of the refugees who had to risk their lives, crossing an icy river in winter in order to flee from the soldiers.
“Morning Glory” which expresses the tragedies felt by the prisoners of war inin Geojeodo prison as a flower of morning glory that blooms in the dawn but is gone by the day.
“Mistakes of Memories” shows the violence and trauma of war felt by a primary school student at that time through dances and songs.