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Installation view of MINOUK LIM’s Mr. Eui Jin Chai and 1,000 Canes, 2014–20, mixed media, dimensions variable, at the 13th Gwangju Biennale, 2021. Photo by Swan Park. Courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Minouk Lim is a powerful chronicler of Korea’s national suffering. At the opening of the 2014 Gwangju Biennale, Lim installed two shipping containers bearing the remains of civilians massacred during the brutal Korean War (1950–53) who never received proper burials. Their descendants were greeted by the mothers of those killed by the military in the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, which spurred…

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