Jinhyun Cha: Post-Border Line

February 19, 2019


“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.

Japanese cranes flying over the Labor Party Building, 2014 © Jinhyun Cha
Soldier lowering head in front of the torpedoed warship, Cheonan. 2013 © Jinhyun Cha

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.

Woman looking at Freedom Bridge, 2014 © Jinhyun Cha
The magnolia blooming in the Peace Park 2015 © Jinhyun Cha

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.”

Monk beating a moktak, 2014 © Jinhyun Cha

Jinhyun Cha: Post-Border Line
February 7–March 3, 2019
Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts
122 NW 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97209


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