Founded 2021 | Seoul
Lives and works Seoul

IkkibawiKrrr, also known as a ‘visual research band’, is an artistic collective based in Seoul. In Tropical Story 2022, IkkibawiKrrr searches for traces of the Pacific War across Jeju Island, Micronesia, and Indonesia to enquire into forgotten times and illuminate the connection between the Korean peninsula and South East Asia. In small Pacific islands, there are ruins of airstrips, camps, and landing pads constructed by Indigenous people or colonised people forcefully mobilised into labour; on the other side are memorial monuments, graves, and shrines that commemorate the victims of war. The members of IkkibawiKrrr visited Japan and other Asian countries to conduct research; they used cameras to capture historical remains within a thriving and ever- changing ecosystem of forests and oceans. The two-channel video presents the ways in which nature adapts to human civilisation in unexpected ways and encroaches into man-made creations. Also, it shows an amrita painting (a form of Korean Buddhist art) to describe the social reality and express the pains, disasters, and the vanity of human life. In this painting, the world of living beings is depicted through the Pacific War and contemporary Korean society. As a ‘footnote’ to the video, IkkibawiKrrr presents a series of drawings that contextualises and annotates on places, communities, incidents, and situations they encountered while conducting the collective’s ongoing project.

IkkibawiKrrr, Tropical Story 2022. Two-channel video, colour, sound. 12 mins, 34 secs. Courtesy IkkibawiKrrr, Commissioned by the 14th Gwangju Biennale. Installation view, 14th Gwangju Biennale (2023). Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation. Photo: glimworkers