Documentary photographer Kim Heung-ku’s work was selected as the main poster for the 14th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival.
Kim Heung-ku’s work was created with motifs of the uninhabited island ‘Beomseom’ and the surrounding scenery seen from the sea off the coast of Gangjeong Village in Jeju Island. The gaze through the camera offers various interpretations of isolated islands on the sea, coastal caves with strange shapes, the winding sea, and silhouettes of people. Just as time and space are reborn as history and place through documentary, Beomseom island, the site of history, acquires meanings related to environmental issues, historical symbols, and the present agendas.
His work shares the direction and meaning of the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, which continuously presents various documentary films seeking solidarity with the socially underprivileged, and the perspective of creators who view the world through the window of documentary.
The graphic poster, created by the design studio ‘Waterain’, expresses various frames looking at the world with various shapes such as ellipses, triangles, and squares, and behind them is ‘DMZ DOCS’, which aims to ‘connect the world through documentary’.
Photographer Kim Heung-ku is interested in the distorted landscapes of modern and contemporary Korea but is always cautious about dealing with substantial discourse. He does not look at the state, society, or group, but collects fragments fragmented there, and observes the individual and the whole who compose them. His representative works include the series Jomnyeo(2002~2011) and Teumeong(2012~). He published Jomnyeo(Archive Ryu Gaheon, 2016), and co-authored Crouched-words(Humanitas, 2017) and Photography, Remember the River(Archive, 2011). In addition, he was selected as the ‘GEO’-Olympus Photography Grand Prize in 2003 and the 8th KT&G SKOPF Artist of the Year in 2016.