Overview participating exhibitions

Five Views from Korea
2014

Five Views from Korea

Xuezhe Shen

Tumen River on the Border

Xuezhe Shen’s Tumen River on the Border depicts the actual scenery of the Tumen riverbanks as seen through the eyes of the artist. Currently residing in Korea, Shen (Korean name Shim Hak-cheol) is Korean-Chinese, born and raised in Yanbian, China. The ethnic Korean populations are descendants of Koreans who were displaced from their homes during the Japanese occupation. The riverbank seen from the side of the Chinese is so barren it verges on the point of surreal. At the same time there is an air of melancholy to it, like a scene from an old memory, from a childhood home.

  • Tumen River on the Border

    Cattle along the Tumen River. Behind, propaganda can be seen to read “If the party decides it, we can do it.”
    2010

  • Tumen River on the Border

    North Korean soldiers on the banks of the Tumen River, 2010

  • Tumen River on the Border

    A barbed wire fence along the Tumen River bank,
    2010

  • Tumen River on the Border

    A South Korean tour group on boats
    2010