"Calling out Lost Families" was installed to mark the 60th anniversary since the armistice of the Korean War; it was installed along the wired fence located in the border village of Imjingak, north of South Korea.
"Calling out Lost Families" was historically meaningful and very site specific; Therefore, artist designed her art work based on "Hangul" the Korean Alphabet. Two or more art pieces can make a letter together which can be a families' name. She also installed UV light to cure the spirits of Korean War at the scene. This installation was to bring positive atmosphere to the space and to recognize both North and South Koreans regarding Korean war.
DMZ, Demilitarized Zone, is neither public nor private area. Eunsook Lee had to be very careful with installation and its political controversy. However, the governor encouraged her to focus on her art work and supported a opening ceremony with 100 separated families attendance.
Both of Eunsook Lee's parents were refugees during the Korean War and met at Geoje-do Island before they moved to Busan, where Lee was born. As an adult, she learned that her father had actually left behind four children in the north. Her father died three years ago without seeing them. So she included father's [North Korean] children’s four names as part of her installation.
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