An area of Korea littered with remnants of the Korean War.
The Demilitarized Zone is no longer just a place of heartbreak but now a cultural peace space.
From the Korean artist Paik Nam-June's globally well-known 'Tiger Lives' to Belgian artist Francis Alys' 'Painting,' the '2021 DMZ Peace Platform' displays pieces that remember the past and show the promise of a permanent peace process and sustainable inter-Korean ties.
"I create art about individuals' small but personal events that are unseen because of big events like this man looking at his hometown with a feeling of loss and sorrow."
Created by Seoul's Inter-Korean Transit Office, the cultural space opens as the two Koreas mark the third anniversary of the Panmunjeom Declaration and Pyeongyang Joint Declaration.
"Despite the complex situation at the moment, we hope to create a cultural space for inter-Korean social and cultural exchange, which was agreed upon at the Inter-Korean summit at Panmunjeom in 2018."
He further voiced hope that the South and the North regularly gather at the DMZ to hold art festivals and events together, carrying out their agreements, which are in line with the exhibition theme.
"Under themes including peace, ecology and solidarity, 32 artists have participated with 34 pieces, voicing the same thing as a community at five different locations, which is also an important intention of planning."
The latest exhibition '2021 DMZ Art & Peace Platform' employs five different venues in and around the DMZ: UniMARU, Dorasan Station, a guard post in Paju city, Jejin Station in Goseong County and the National Institute for Unification Education in Seoul.
It will go on virtually at dmzplatform.com until November 15 due to the pandemic.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.