Video Installation, 3min loop, 2019-2020
Strayed Glory - 길 잃은 영광’ 에서는 현재 까지도 뜨거운 이슈인 문화재 반환 혹은 보상에 대한 문제 로 영국 대영박물관과 그리스 사이에 오가는 긴장감을 그려낸다.대영박물관의 가장 큰 관객몰이를 하는 ‘엘긴 마블스’로 더욱 알려진 ‘파르테논 마블스’는 오스만 제국 시절 그리스 외교관으로 있던 ‘엘긴 경’에 의해 파르테논 신전에서 대다수의 조각들을 영국으로 몰래 들 여왔다. 이러한 문제로 영국과 그리스는 오랜 기간 반환의 타당성을 논하며 여전히 갈등하고 있으나 언 제나 고배는 그리스의 몫이다. 우리는 현재 가장 문명화 된 사회 속에 살고있지만, 인간의 나약함과 욕심 은 미개한 감수성의 나락으로 품위를 추락시킨다. 결코 간단하지 않은 그러나 심플하게. 상식적으로 생 각한다면 문제를 보다 명료히 해결 할 수 있지않을까? 문명인 다운 처세를 기대한다. “Strayed Glory” is present tension an ongoing issue of returning or compensation of the cultural asset between the British Museum and the Greek. Some people say that the British Museum will be empty, if the cultural assets in the British Museum would be returned to their original country. This work has a story about a very well-known cultural asset call as the Elgin Marbles - The Parthenon Marbles situation among the British Museum of the UK and Greek.More and More people now know that Elgin Marbles took from Lord Elgin when he was in Greek as the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1801 to 1805. As a result, he is still taking severe criticism. Nevertheless of criticism, some people still believe that the Parthenon Marbles in the British Museum were donated from Lord Elgin, and hundreds and thousands of people of guests visit there to see the beautiful Parthenon Marbles as also known as Elgin Marbles. Although the Elgin Marbles are stolen pieces, it still belongs to the British Museum. As so, it is a dilemmatic on-going issue between the UK and Greek for a long time. Although we are living in the most civilized era, human weakness and greeds make them lose their dignity and therefore fall into the bottom of the uncivilized sensibility. Figuring the history and on-going issues related to politics among the countries is not a simple situation. Nevertheless, no matter what complex and tough situations, if we are thinking as simple as morally, the issue will be solved much easy way. A Jang’s new piece “Strayed Glory” suggested that to consider again the issue in a morally way. As much as she studies more about the Elgin Marbles - the Parthenon Marbles, she realized that pieces of the Parthenon Marbles look like kidnapped pieces from the British Museum. The original shine is gone and became a battlefield. Although the Elgin Marbles are stolen pieces, it still belongs to the British Museum. As so, it is a dilemmatic on-going issue between the UK and Greek. Paradoxically, however, after the Brexit, the European centuries started to support Greek. The paradoxical situation shows the laws of the jungle prevails. Primarily, the Parthenon built to honour Athene’s power and glory. However, It cannot find the original meanings and even they look as weak as most. At this point, “Strayed Glory” shows a current position of the Elgin Marbles - Parthenon Marbles. Jang re-created sculptures as ‘Moving Sculpture’ invite sources mostly from the pediment and some parts of the Elgin Marbles - Parthenon Marbles. Athene from Jang’s work seems very sad and weak different from her fame in myth history. Also, deconstructed moving images of the Parthenon marbles in the pediment of Jang’s work gives feels a relief of frustration but at the same time, it has a meaning for the tragedy of obsession. Figuring the history and on-going issues related to politics among the countries is not a simple issue. Nevertheless, no matter what complex and tough situations, if we are regard as simple as morally, the issue will be solved much wisely.