February 25, 2016

Mauricio Arango, Marianne Nicolson, and Park Chan-kyong  Among the Unburied

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College
Mauricio Arango, The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours (production still), 2010. HD video, sound, 12 minutes.

Curator: Liz Park, Associate Curator of Carnegie International 2018

In Colombia, almost a quarter of a million people, mostly civilians, have died, and tens of thousands more have disappeared during five decades of internal conflict. In Canada, a colonial legacy of more than a century of residential schools, designed to wipe out the languages and cultures of aboriginal peoples, hangs over the country. And in Korea, the events of a turbulent 20th century included Japanese occupation, a violent civil war that split the country in two, and rapid modernization that has left many behind. Though these three countries may seem worlds apart, all are grappling with ghosts. A new Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery exhibit, Among the Unburied, tunes into the voices of the departed through the works of three artist-storytellers: Mauricio Arango, Marianne Nicolson, and Park Chan-kyong.

A burial signals a closure and marks the end of life; lacking such closure, the unburied remain ungrieved or ungrievable. This new exhibit, curated by Associate Curator of Carnegie International 2018 Liz Park, honors those who have been unattended to, even in death. Arango, Nicolson, and Park invite visitors to consider a world of ghosts as firmly planted in the complex geopolitics and cultural schisms of their homelands. The subjects of these artists’ work—a harvester of corpses in the hour of the moon, spirits evoked by light, a shamanic ritual—while seemingly fantastic, stem from the very real conditions of trauma and violence that underlie their national histories.

In the Gallery, two short films, Nightfishing by Park, produced in collaboration with his filmmaker brother Park Chan-wook, and The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours by Arango, will be on display, projected on opposite walls at alternating times throughout the day. A separate room will premiere a site-specific light installation by Nicolson.

Among the Unburied is accompanied by a publication designed by Luke Bulman—Office with contributions from Mauricio Arango; Hank Glassman, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Haverford College; Marianne Nicolson; and curator Liz Park.

Public programs
Friday, March 18, 2016
Gallery talk with Curator Liz Park and opening reception
Talk: 4:30–5:30pm
Reception: 5:30–7:30pm
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Whitehead Campus Center

Wednesday, April 6, 7pm
Screening of Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits with filmmaker
Park Chan-kyong, Hank Glassman, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Haverford College, and Among the Unburied Curator Liz Park
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

**Part of the Strange Truth 2016 film series


About Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery
Among the Unburied is supported by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Tuttle Creative Residencies Program. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities 2015–16 Faculty Seminar “Attending to the Dead,” led by Hank Glassman, Associate Professor and Co-Chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Part of the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery aims to extend cultural literacy through the display and analysis of work across visual and material media. Envisioning exhibition spaces as active workshops for the exploration of visual culture, the Exhibitions Program partners with faculty, students, and visiting curators to design exhibitions that connect curricular interests and scholarship with contemporary artistic practice.


Press Contact: Matthew Seamus Callinan, Associate Director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and Campus Exhibitions, at T (610) 896 1287 or [email protected].



Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College presents Among the Unburied

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