한감도 Hangamdo 2020
(Korea's Eye View)

— Dahye Lee
Mres Art: Exhibition Studies Year 2


한감도 Hangamdo 2020 (Korea’s Eye View) 
is rewritten based on the first poem series of Ogamdo (Crow’s Eye View) by the Korean avant-garde poet and architect Yi Sang in 1934. As Yi’s original poem depicts the 1930s Korea under Japanese occupation by playing out the aerial poetic format, Hangamdo has revisited its experimental formats by representing contemporary Korea. While the 1930s Korea captured colonialism/modernism under Japanese occupation through the crow’s eye, the country in the 2010s sees sharp conflicts between gender roles growing more than ever with dialectic feminism and misogyny.








As Yi Sang experimented with different architectures of poems,
another rewriting version of 한감도 Hangamdo (2020)
is put on the music sheet of The Rock (1893) by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
The Rock is known as Rachmaninoff’s first symphonic poem
as well as his fantasia – inspired by Anton Chekhov’s story
that a young girl meets an older man one stormy night,
and he shares with her his life, beliefs and past failures.
By replacing musical notes with Korean alphabets,
it lets another fantasia sing the poem as when a blizzard rage blows hard.



...image courtesy of Dahye Lee






Hangamdo (2020) is specifically dedicated to January 5, 2020
in loving memory of Hyelim Min.