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A few weeks ago we held our 4th and final Exchange in this series titled ‘Culture in a Time of Conflict’ exploring the environmental footprint of war from an art perspective and a new exhibition by Sea Hyun Lee is right on topic.   

Between_red2 A few weeks ago we held our 4th and final Exchange in this series titled ‘Culture in a Time of Conflict’ exploring the environmental footprint of war from an art perspective and a new exhibition by Sea Hyun Lee is right on topic.   

Between Red depicts one of the world’s best known demilitarized zones (DMZ), the mountainous region that acts as a buffer between North and South Korea. Lee depicts this area by painting red, fragmented landscapes floating in white voids.   

While red may seem the obvious choice for depicting the world’s most heavily guarded border but Lee’s reasoning is less predictable.  During his mandatory military service he would wear night vision goggles that gave everything a crimson coating.  He recalls nights close to the DMZ, ‘The forests and trees felt so fantastic and beautiful. It was unrealistic scenery filled with horror and fear, and with no possibility of entering.’

Between Red is at the Union Gallery until July 5th.

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