Seorak Bridge now reconnects these two Abai villages however the town that has been the home for many who have already lost their homes in the north by ceasefire line has been divided again. The reason I cherish Abai village with such longing is because the residents’ lives and the town seem to share the same fate.
Every summer Sokcho’s beaches are filled with tourists who visit the place for its famous ocean view. However the wires that divides the north and the south sea border is part of its view. The sea was one of the few pathways to the south for many refugees and thought to be the only pathway back to their hometown after the Korean War.
The half built concrete bridge is the very first bridge that had a paved road in Korean history. It may sound like the bridge has some sort of honorable significance, however Japan had built this tragic bridge in order to transport the rice that were exploited from the farmers in Iksan to Kimje during the colonization period.
Despite the destructive incidents that had changed the town so much, its history didn’t end there and then. The rice had been growing in the same field and the same sound of the wind has been blowing through the rice field. The camera shutter blinks to convey the desolate sky crossing over Iksan’s plain.
There is no doubt that Shin Mi Jung is a promising young artist. But it isn’t not enough to explain her with some words ‘a promising young artist’. Certainly, there are something more wide & huge narrations in her art pieces unlike ordinary art pieces. CultureM Magazine meets the well talented artist Shin Mi Jung.