#1. Greeting (Introduction)
Hello and welcome to MMCA!
Since 2014, the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series has brought you
a series of solo exhibitions by some of Korea’s leading artists.
This year, we invite you to discover News from Nowhere: Freedom Village,
an exhibition by Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho.
Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho began collaborating in 2009.
They have now worked together for more than 10 years,
while their News from Nowhere project has been developing
in various countries worldwide since 2012.
The News from Nowhere project explores the role
that art can play amid the crises faced by humanity.
Since its beginning in Kassel, Germany in 2012
it has continued in Chicago, Zurich and Liverpool,
and now arrives here in Korea.
As the exhibition title suggests,
this part of the project is set in Freedom Village.
Originally called Daeseong-dong, this settlement acquired the name
Freedom Village in accordance with a clause
in the 1953 Korean War armistice agreement.
The clause stipulated that North and South Korea
would be allowed one village each within
the Demilitarized Zone.
Although it lies in South Korean territory,
Freedom Village is controlled by the UN.
Today, it is home to some some 2,000 people comprising around 50 households.
But if you search for Freedom Village with your car GPS,
the result will be “Destination not found.”
The village is a place of mystery. It exists, yet it doesn’t exist.
Before you start looking around the exhibition set there,
I’d like to explain a little about the works on display.