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○ Title: 2018 UMI Hall Project <NAHYUN, The Babel - Different Tongues>
○ Period: Oct. 23 (Tue), 2018 ~ Jan. 13 (Sun), 2019
○ Venue: UMI Hall(750㎡, 18m high, 50m long and 15m wide)
○ Participating Artist: NAHYUN (b.1970)
○ Composition  
  - 1F ~ 2F: 1 installation work and 30 sound works
  - 3F: 2 photographical works, 2 videos, and about 70 drawings and 100 archival works

Introduction of the Exhibition
Daegu Art Museum has UMI Hall as an exclusive exhibition space covering the entire art museum from 1F through 3F. UMI Hall is tall in height in the shape of a rectangle (15m wide and 50m long). The space exudes greater synergies when a piece of work is installed that can communicate with a place.
Against this backdrop, Daegu Art Museum organizes <NAHYUN, The Babel - Different Tongues> of artist NAHYUN as the first exhibition of UMI Hall Project which introduces works touting characteristics of on-site installation in a limited timeframe by leveraging the spatial features of UMI Hall.
NAHYUN’s Babel Tower Project is a work where he recognizes the similarities found in the Babel Tower in history from Nanjido in Seoul and Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain) in Berlin and assumes that the two places are the relics of the Babel Tower, exploring socio-cultural significances as he has taken a significant interest in meanings and functions of minjok (people) since the early 2000s. NAHYUN argues that the history of the Babel Tower boiling down to the advent of multiple languages is repetitive like the multi-ethnic phenomenon in today’s world by aligning the Korean society that emphasizes ethnic uniformity through historical records on the Babel Tower with Germany that used to argue for the racist pure-bloodism. The installation work in this exhibition is a metaphorical gesture suggesting the Babel Tower planted with diverse naturalized plants growing in Nanjido and Teufelsberg as monumenta.
Such a mode of working provides opportunities to reconfigure historical aspects known as true facts into the artist’s imagination and objective grounds in order to reflect on the stereotyped history. 
1) Nanjido: An island in Korea made into a 95m-high landfill site after the era of industrialization dubbed as the Miracle of Han River as the waste from industrialization was collected from 1978 to 1993
2) Teufelsberg: A man-mademountain that is 120m high from the sea level by accumulating the waste from World War II to the western part of Berlin left in ruins after the war

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