Daejeon station

SHIN Mijung, Daejeon station, Single-channel video, 00:15:10, 2020 

<Daejeon Station> concerns the memories of Hagimoto Michiyuki (b. 1933), a resident of the No. 53 railroad employee residence in Daejeon’s Soje neighborhood during Japan’s occupation of Korea. The railroad official residence village, located near the eastern square of Daejeon Station, was built as a lodging area for Japanese colonial era railroad workers. With part of its railroad residence village surviving until today, Soje is a symbolic setting that attests to Daejeon’s history and identity as a city that developed around the railway. Hagimoto was born and spent his childhood in Soje, the son of a railroad engineer father. So as not to forget his hometown, he drew a model of Soje and its railroad residence village based on how it appeared to him when he left Daejeon in September 1945. Through the memories of a Japanese man born in Daejeon during the occupation, <Daejeon Station> also sheds a light on the city’s modern history.

Shin MiJung

The message that I have relayed with my works are the people, who have lost their place of living via irresistible external forces, such as deportations, or expels, or refuge, as well as physical and psychological space which they haven’t restored yet. What I have captures in my video works are, the eyes of locals that consider migrants as ‘Others (Autre)’, and the memories of the migrants. Particularly, I have recorded life of individuals, forced to be forgotten or erased from the Modern History of Korea, as well as tried a potentiality of video works with open-ended interpretations. The landscape of the nature presented in my works is not just aesthetic object. It rather is represented as artistic space where forgotten placeness and temporality of history.