Partially Buried Continued

Renée Green

1997 | 00:36:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Expedition/Travel, Language, Photography

Partially Buried Continued is a meditation on ways in which one’s associations to history, location, and genealogy become tangled in a subjective web which makes it complicated to separate history from fiction. The ways in which photography and memories can become intertwined and the differences between memory as an active process and remembrance as a memorializing act are explored through the persona of the filmmaker, who moves between Korea, Berlin, Ohio, the 1950s, the 1970s, and the 1990s, while attempting to negotiate her present with that which preceded her.

“She invokes two dead artists and ponders the traces of their lives in the continued wake of their deaths. Indices. Inscriptions. Quotes. Birth parents, blood relations, artistic forebears. The usual artist’s roster tugs at her.”

Expanding on Green’s 1996 film Partially Buried, Partially Buried Continued focuses on the mingling of the present and the past, what is near and what is far, what is other and what is one’s self through reflecting on the photographic medium via a re-examination of images taken during the Korean War by the film character’s father, which she viewed as a child; photographs taken in Korea in Kwangju on May 18th, 1980, and photographs taken by the artist in Kwangju and Seoul in 1997. Works by the artists Robert Smithson and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha are also a recurring reference point in the film, as is the year 1970. Both artists worked with language, location and time.

The complexities of how we find ourselves entangled in relationships to countries and nationalities, to locations and to time, and to ensuing identifications continue to be questioned in Partially Buried Continued.


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Gwangju Biennial

Exhibitions + Festivals

Performance Anxiety, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1997

44th International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, 1998

Sharawadgi, Felsenvilla, Baden, 1998

Das Gedächtnies der Kunst, Historisches Museum and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2000

Attack!: Kunst und Krieg in den Zeiten der Medien, Kunsthalle Vienna, 2003

What Lies Between: The Autobiographical Impulse in Film and Video, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2003

Cinema Cavern, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, 2007

Le rêve de l’artiste et du spectateur: Renée Green, Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2008

Ongoing Becomings, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, 2009

Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2010

Une histoire: art, architecture, design, Des anneés 1980 à nos jours. Centre George Pompidou, Paris, 2014