4.3

Video-integrated performance. Approximately 40 minutes.

"4.3" refers to one of the bloodiest massacres in Korea´s modern history. For nearly 50 years it was prohibited to talk about the event. However, memories of the event was passed on orally through secretly held shamanic rituals through which the living could communicate with the dead. Through a shamanic ritual that incorporate presentations of archival materials of shamanism and the massacre, as well as excerpts from her grandfather´s book Light and Shadow, Jane Jin Kaisen mediates different voices and addresses themes such as cultural appropriation across cultural contexts, the colonial gaze in early anthropological depictions of Jeju Island, and the suppression of public mourning of the massacre.

Still image of shamanic ritual, Jeju Island ca. 1940.

Performance script written on gime.