Sunday, January 29, 2012

Perspectives: Minouk Lim

Where: Sackler Gallery

When: through March 18, 2012

This is the latest in the Sackler's "Perspectives" series, which highlights modern works of art, usually videos, from artists throughout Asia.  They are always shown in the main lobby of the Sackler, so you waste no time in getting to the exhibit once you're arrived at the museum.

Minouk Lim is from South Korea and her video, The Weight of Hands, deals with the response to the government's controversial River Restoration Project.  This project is, according to the government, supposed to be good for the rivers environmentally, but the scope of the project and the enormous changes it will bring have sparked unfavorable reaction.  Lim's video examines how changes in one's environment can affect individuals.

Part of the video is shot with regular film, and part uses thermal imaging, so the people show up as heat images.  During the daylight sequences, we see the scale of the project, which is massive.

Verdict: It's a short film, so easily seen in a lunch hour.  It's odd, but thought-provoking.

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