2.8 Declaration of Independence | Reading in Japanese

Film Installation

On March 1, 1919, in Gyeongseong (present day Seoul) in Korea under Japanese rule, 33 Korean leaders announced a declaration of independence, launching the “3.1 Independence Movement.” One catalyst of this movement was the “2.8 Declaration of Independence,” in which 600 Korean students in Tokyo expressed their will for the independence of their homeland and the resistance struggle against Japan. This work was created on commission from the Seoul Museum of Art in 2019, the 100th anniversary of the movement, using the 2.8 Declaration of Independence as a material. Maintaining a critical distance from the ethnocentrism of the colonised, and reflecting on the imperialistic history of the artist’s own country as the colonial ruler, this work makes visible the oppressive system which continues in Japan today in relation to foreign students. It challenges perspectives on post-war relations in Asia, including the Korean Peninsula, Vietnam and Japan, as well as the United States, which casts its shadow over these countries.

2.8独立宣言書 |日本語で朗読する