The 15th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival created two official posters. Situated in the divided nation, the only space of its kind in the world, the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), and the meeting of documentaries were expressed in the posters to reemphasize the meaning of DMZ Docs, encompassing the themes of "boundaries and peace" and "recording and expansion." Reflecting the characteristics of the festival's symbol, the posters portray a visual motif that combines the DMZ ecosystem, film equipment, and everyday scenery within a single shot, conveying an expanded narrative. Each poster, including the two main posters, depicts linear causality between the on-screen shot of filming and the off-screen shot of subjects documented in the films.
At the top, the separation of DM (Demilitarized) and Z (Zone) distinctly represents the spatial nature of the DMZ along the division line. The small dots at the ends, resembling the frames of a film, reveal the essence of the event as a film festival.
At the bottom of the poster, graphical images inspired by the shapes of rectangles and circles from the DMZ Docs symbol are arranged in various forms. These graphics portray the ecosystem of the DMZ space, including nature, animals, and objects, reflecting its sense of place. Additionally, film production equipment, symbolizing recording, is implemented as motifs. Beyond documenting reality, the potential of documentaries to expand boundaries is showcased through SF-inspired elements, featuring graphic images of creatures and objects that illustrate the concept of life in an expanded sense.
Art Directing &Design : Everyday Practice
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.