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Seoul

BY SUNJUNG KIM

Skyline of Seoul. Photo by Olivier Krischer for ArtAsiaPacific.

The modern image of Seoul belies a complex history of colonialism, war, reconstruction, military government and rapid industrialization.

Successive renewals of Seoul’s urban fabric since the 1960s have meant significant tracts of the city have quickly disappeared, becoming the stuff of memory, and sometimes leading to a sense of anxiety for its inhabitants.

Some recent Korean art collectives have tried to expose the effect of such rapid, ongoing urban transformations on Seoul and its inhabitants. The artist collective…

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