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Crimes of Nations: Death, Wound, Memory
Asakusa Laboratory #6
19:00 - 22:00, 10 June, 2017
Artist Talks and Panel Discussion with James T. Hong and IM Heung-soon
ASAKUSA is delighted to announce artist talks and discussions with filmmaker and artist, James T. Hong and IM Heung-soon. The event is part of the exhibition programme, "Kino-Pravda: A Tribute to Prokino", which featured works by both filmmakers.
Uncovering the manipulation of state media, Taiwanese American filmmaker duo James T. Hong & Yin-Ju Chen confront Japanese historical revisionism with their documentary, Lessons of the Blood (2010). Consisting of archival materials, film clips, and interviews with survivors, the film exposes Japan's use of biological weapons and human experimentation during the Second World War outside Harbin, China, and reveals the open wounds of elderly victims, who have suffered for years and still harbor hatred for their Japanese perpetrators.
Korean filmmaker IM Heung-soon's Jeju Prayer (2012) reflects the silence of Mrs. Kang Sang-hee, who lost her husband in the Jeju Uprising (An attempted insurgency followed by an anti-communist suppression in 1948). It sheds light on the intersection of a personal family history and collective trauma systematically obliterated in modern Korean history, while suggesting the concurrent rise of eco-tourism and militarisation through the recent controversy about the construction of a naval base in the island.
The event starts with film screenings and the two artist's talks. With a guest chair joining the conversation, it then proceeds onto a panel discussion with topics on crimes of nations - drawing examples form Unit 731 and Jeju Uprising -, government policies and media conspiracy within the East Asian region. The conversation also enquires the artist's use of documentation and image archive as a pathway to historical truth, and film as a medium to rework historical narratives examined through testimonies of the survivors.
The event "Crimes of Nations: Death, Wound, Memory" is drafted by Asakusa and will be held at 2-9-1 Kotobuki-cho, Taito, Tokyo (Satoshi Haruki Studio).

18:45 Meeting at Asakusa walking 2 minutes to the event venue
19:00 Screening and Artist Talk by James T. Hong
20:00 Screening and Artist Talk by IM Heung-soon
21:00 Panel Discussion
22:00 End of event
22:30 Venue close
* Light meals and drinks will be sold on site.
* Talks will be delivered in Korean (IM) and English (Hong) with Japanese translation.

The event will be held at:
2-9-1 Kotobuki-cho, Taito, Tokyo
2 mins. from ASAKUSA
Contact: 090-8346-3232

James T. Hong is a filmmaker and artist based in Taiwan. He has produced works about Heidegger, Spinoza, Japanese biological warfare, the Opium Wars, and racism. His latest documentary about disputed territory in East Asia screened at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He is currently researching the concept of morality in East Asia and recently presented a new experimental work about Nietzsche and metempsychosis, Nietzsche Reincarnated as a Chinese Woman, at the 2016 Taipei Biennial.
IM Heung-soon (1969, South Korea) is a visual artist and cinema director based in Seoul. Since his early works on his working-class family, he has explored the lives of people who are marginalized in social, political, capitalist, and national contexts. His political yet emotional works are embodied through different visual mediums such as photography, installations, cinema and public art and community art. His second feature film, Factory Complex (2014), was awarded the Silver Lion at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015. His works have been exhibited, among others, at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, 2016; Lincoln Center, New York, 2016; angels barcelona, 2015; Tate Modern, London, 2015; The National Art Center, Tokyo, 2015; Sharjah Biennale, 2015; and MoMA PS1, New York, 2015.

Asakusa opens three days a week:

Monday 12:00-19:00
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 19:00
All other days by appointment only
Location: 1-6-16 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
For press info and images: Koichiro Osaka /

Image courtesy: UNIONDOCS, New York, and IM Heungsoon Studio, Seoul.