“An icon of the Cold War becomes a center of culture” Gyeonggi Province resumes Camp Greaves Ammunition Depot Project next month
 
Dec 16, 2021
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‘ONE’ by Kim Myung-beom

SUWON, GYEONGGI PROVINCE, SOUTH KOREA, December 10, 2021 – Gyeonggi Province announced on November 29 that it will resume the ‘Camp Greaves Ammunition Depot Project’ through which visitors can enjoy media and installation art from December 1.

The ammunition depot project is part of the ‘Camp Greaves Cultural Regeneration Project’ that utilizes the spatial uniqueness of Camp Greaves to develop it as a cultural and artistic space encompassing the meaning and value of the DMZ. The regeneration project marked its full-fledged start with the ‘DMZ Peace Platform’ in August 2018.

Unfortunately, project operation was temporarily suspended from the second half of 2019 due to the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) and the spread of COVID-19. The decision was made, however, to resume the exhibition in line with the ‘phased return to daily life’ which commenced at the beginning of this month.

Through this initiative, visitors can view the ‘Media Art Project’ to be held at Ammunition Depot I and the ‘Installation Art Project’ at Ammunition Depot II. The 10-month-long exhibition will run from December 1 this year through to October 15 next year.

First, at the Media Art Project, Lee Seung-geun’s ‘Do not cross this line’ will be unveiled; this work uses a ‘projection mapping’ technique that combines virtual images with reality to create optical illusions.

This work allows viewers to learn the value of the DMZ and peace by directing them from the dark history of division along the line on the floor to a world filled with the bright energy of peace and hope. Of particular note, it maximizes immersion by filling the entire space of the 154.98㎡ ammunition depot with video, sound and light/scent.

In the ‘Installation Art Project’, Kim Myung-beom’s ‘ONE’ will once again be presented after having been unveiled for the first time nationally at the DMZ Peace Station project in 2018 where it struck a chord with viewers.

As if breathing in new life, this work extends and connects dead tree branches to the horns of a stuffed deer to the ceiling of the depot. The site, which had been neglected for years and bears the scars of division, was reborn as a place of creation envisioning peace and hope.

In addition, ‘Horizontal Space’, a video work by artist Kim Myung-beom and currently featured in a permanent exhibition program at Gallery Greaves, is a highlight not to be missed.

Shin Jun-young, Director General of the Peace Cooperation Bureau, said, “We will continue to do our utmost to make Camp Greaves a key attraction in the DMZ through cultural and artistic programs such as various exhibitions and performances.” Shin continued, “We ask for a lot of interest and attention from the public.”

Camp Greaves was returned by the U.S. military in August 2004 when the 506th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, withdrew after having been stationed there for 50 years since 1953. In 2013, Gyeonggi Province transformed the original structures into the only experiential facilities within the Civilian Control Line for history, culture and art, opening the camp to the public. It has since become a key cultural and artistic attraction of the DMZ.

This past September, part of Gallery Greaves was opened only to those using the DMZ Gondola; approximately 50,000 people visited the site over a two-month period, enhancing its renown.

The ammunition depot project can only be viewed by application through the Camp Greaves website (dmzcamp131.or.kr). For more information, please visit the website or contact the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization.

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Gyeonggi Provincial Government
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