MMCA has selected Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonas as the artist for the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2021. In partnership with Hyundai Motor Company, MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2021 is a 10-year project initiated in 2014 to fund and support one of Korea's representative mid-career artists each year to put together a solo exhibition. By providing an opportunity, the project serve as a chance to bring a new transition and development in the artists' artistry and ultimately revitalize the Korean contemporary art scene.
Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho are the 8th artists selected for the project, following Lee Bul(2014), Ahn Kyuchul (2015), Kimsooja(2016), IM Heung-soon(2017), Choi Jeonghwa(2018), Park Chan-Kyeong(2019), and Haegue Yang(2020).
Moon and Jeon worked on this proejct, NEWS FROM NOWHERE, since 2012. This has been inspired by the eponymous utopian novel authored in the late 19th century by William Morris(1834-1896). This project premiered at kassel Documenta 13 in 2021, and has also won the Korea Artist Prize 2012.
Through MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2021, they aim to present a new episode of 'NEWS FROM NOWHERE : Freedom Village', commissioned by MMCA Hyundai Motor Series. The exhibition will feature a gallery that will interact with the video piece and its environment via computer program. And It will also have a section of archives, a large-scale painting and two-channel video of the only village that lies on the South Korean side of the heavily fortified DMZ - Daeseong-dong(known as "Freedom Village"). Through this work, they aim to once again quesiton the life of humans and the role of art after disasters.