THE INVENTED MYTHOLOGY, 2023
The Mold of Mold displays the national foundation myth-making process that constructs an essential discourse on mono-ethnicity in Korea. It challenges the belief system of mono-ethnicity through a speculative identity factory operated by the government and its three symbolic manufacturing tools. Mono-ethnicity, the national identity of Koreans, is an intended ideology by the government to grant identity as a Korean during the modern period after the Japanese colonial era.
Through the reconstitution process of Korean national identity, the government selected a bronze sword, a bronze bell, and a bronze mirror as representative relics of the National myth, making Koreans believe in the mono-ethnicity that is based on mythology. Through education, people mold their identities as a Korean in ancient mythology and artifacts. However, the mold people believe in is not a fact-based history but a curation of the government. Furthermore, the framework has amalgamated Korean identities and characteristics into one and emphasizes community value above individuality, which evokes disharmony in Koreans living in contemporary society.
Therefore, by depicting the three symbolic artifacts as a metaphoric mold that mass produce Korean identity in the fabrication process, The Mold of Mold reveals the hidden fact of the invisible myth-making process by the government that forms the mono-ethnicity of Koreans.
photo credit @Marie Kang