TIDELANDS(3 Channel)

Kika Nicolela

2010, 60:00 minutes, colour, Korean with English Subtitles


TIDELANDS focuses on the distinctive people and landscape of Daebu-island, located in South Korea, and its neighboring smaller islands – specifically, the fishing community and their memories. The multi-channel video – projected simultaneously in 3 screens – shows men and women from this area sharing their memories related to the sea and the islands before the construction of the Sihwa Wall. This wall - the longest tide embankment in Asia – and the homonymous artificial lake were constructed to improve the local industry and promote urban growth; however, these implementations had a huge impact in the ecological balance of these islands, and therefore over the lives of their inhabitants and traditional cultures. As a result, the local fishing community is gradually disappearing, moving out from the islands, changing occupation (mainly working in the grape cultivation) or just struggling to survive. Images of places and elements from islands, such as the wide mudflats, fishermen’s abandoned objects and boats, their houses in precarious state, are mixed with images of the participants talking to the camera. The work distances itself from documentary mode by creating a multilayered fluid articulation between the images. The community was broken up by capitalist growth and the video allows this shattered identity to be slowly uncovered.

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