A L O N G S E P A R A T I O N | 오랜 이별
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(Baltimore, MD – March 21, 2018) – Laura Elizabeth Pohl proudly presents her traveling exhibition, “A Long Separation | 오랜 이별,” from May 2 – 12, 2018, at public libraries on the East Coast. The portraits and audio interviews offer visitors an intimate glimpse into the lives of people separated from their loved ones in North Korea since the Korean War ended in 1953. All events are free and open to the public.
At this time of uncertainty on the Korean Peninsula, Laura wants people to reflect on the personal, unseen, long-term unintended consequences of the Korean War specifically, and war in general. Thousands of South Koreans and South Korean immigrants to the United States are still divided from their family in North Korea. More than 60% are 80 years or older, according to data from the South Korean Red Cross. As these family members pass away in the next few decades, so will all direct family ties and living memories between the two Koreas. This total and involuntary division between families illustrates a unique situation in the aftermath of a modern war.
The exhibition is comprised of 10 portraits wrapped around a vehicle. There are phone numbers that visitors can call to hear edited excerpts of interviews conducted by Laura. The phone call aspect of this exhibition is important because visitors are participating in a daily ritual that separated family members cannot share with their relatives in the north. All audio and captions will be available in both Korean and English.
About the Artist
Laura Elizabeth Pohl is a photographer and filmmaker whose clients include Catholic Relief Services, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Bread for the World. "A Long Separation | 오랜 이별" is rooted in her deep interest in her family's personal connection to the Korean War and North Korea. Laura is based in Baltimore, Maryland.