ABSTRACT

Existing literatures on the Korean War in the arts and humanities have been confined to artistic and literary productions of the 1950s and 1960s. By primarily relying upon non-ideological and traditional art historical approaches toward the War and the living conditions of the 1950s, these exhibitions fail to address anti-communist fervors, totalitarian approach to war victims, and continued ideological conflicts both inside and around the Korean peninsula over the last seven decades—the very cultural and ideological conditions for the history of either representing or suppressing traumatic memories of the Korean War. The distanced relationship between the postmemory generation and historical realities is crucial to their aesthetic strategy of revisiting the much obscured and repressed history of the Korean War.