inter-view; what is this wall between you and me

by Vatae Minkyeung Kimlee

Research & project

based on a family interview, vatae kimlee focuses on the gap between her and the older generation, caused by a fast development of korean society. by listening to her grandparents, she looks back on her feelings of disconnection and emptiness.   

she is obsessed with a place called “songrim-dong” where her grandparents lived but demolished due to korean urbanism. by conducting background research of the place, she finds missing paths that have been erased over time. she tries to create connections with older generations by putting light on shadowed memories of the old place that have been neglected because they are too earthy and worthless. 

what is the difference between a dialogue and an interview? how should I use the recording device between you and me? why am I obsessed with this place? how should I tell these stories? while asking these questions throughout 2 years, she is making a short animation, piecing together her and her grandparents’ story.

visual abstract artistic research

Vatae Minkyeung Kimlee

Vatae Minkyeung Kimlee

Master of Film

Vatae kimlee is a documentary filmmaker and visual artist. knowing that listening to oneself is fundamental to listening to others, vatae kimlee practices interviews as a method to listen to herself. 

vatae kimlee majored in fine art and history in college. she experiments with a wide range of media forms. recently, her biggest interest is tarot reading and observing snails on the pavement. she received best artist prize from seoul international alternative cinema & media festival 2023 and won a second prize for best short film from seoul independent film festival 2022. she has shown her artworks at several exhibitions in south korea.

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