Gallery between North and South Korea features exhibition by art professor Jimin Lee

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The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea is an unlikely setting for an art gallery. Established in 1953 as part of an armistice agreement that ended three years of brutal war, the DMZ is a 2.5-mile-wide band that runs 155 miles across the Korean peninsula, serving as a buffer zone between the two countries. Yet a new art gallery does actually exist in that strange locale. And this spring and summer, the Yeongang Gallery has been featuring Global Station: Until the Next Voyage, a solo exhibition by UC Santa Cruz art professor Jimin Lee, running April 19 to July 30.“This is a truly unique art venue and first-ever art gallery within the civilian control line between the two Koreas,” said Lee. “The gallery, with an air-raid shelter next door, was once a security exhibition center before its recent renovation into an art gallery.”“The outside of the gallery is covered with draped canvases of printed scenery images of Yeoncheon County by the artist who previously exhibited there,” Lee added. “The other part of the outside of the gallery is covered with ‘Door of Peace’, a wall created by over 100 louvered doors that expresses the people’s urge to freely travel to and from both sides of the Military Demarcation Line (MDL).” For her exhibition, Lee selected about 35 original print works she began creating in 2013 that explore themes of the movement of the body and objects in space–in reference to migration, globalization, transportation, and mobility. The show also includes a site specific collaboration titled “Yeoncheon” with composer Frank Harris and multimedia artist Aza Raskin. It features an original music score and video incorporating Lee’s prints, made with custom self-modifying video filters.Lee noted that Yeongang Gallery and nearby Taepung Observatory are major tourist spots in the DMZ area. Since visitors have to leave their ID cards or passports at the …

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