Jinhyun Cha: Post-Border Line
“Post-Border Line” by South Korean documentary photographer Jinhyun Cha is a visual contemplation of the 160-mile border between North and South Korea and the ideologies that overlap within it. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was created as a result of Cold War interventions in the region by the Soviet Union and the United States that led to the Korean War.
The DMZ now functions as a consumer-driven tourist destination, with “Peace Parks” and “Unification Observatories” with entrance fees, souvenirs for purchase, and photo opportunities. For the artist, this commodification of conflict is at odds with this war’s fraught legacy.
Through his thoughtfully composed black-and-white images taken within the DMZ, Cha presents a counter-narrative that reflects upon “the calamity caused by ideological conflicts and boundaries between remembering and forgetting.”