29 August 2008, Yeosu
I painted on the wall a huge pig playing baseball. In this time frame I couldn't do anything in color but I think that the simple black dripping outlines look impressive, too. Then I started to write We love Samsung and Kim Il-sung but after the first letter Il-Kwon stopped me and begged me to change the slogan. The city authorities - hosting the Yeosu International Art Festival - had heard of my plans and were scared. It's forbidden to praise Kim Il-sung in South Korea and the Samsung conglomerate has more power than the government. I stopped but said that if my work is censured, I go home, take all my work with me, and tell to all the world what happened. The hierarchial aministration demanded the decision from the highest level and after waiting all day, the liberal mayor of Yeosu phoned and gave green light to my provocative work. The city hosts the 2012 Expo and doesn't want to look conservative, I suppose. For the dinner, we had again a raw molluscs feast and drank lots of soju to the Korean democracy. I'm just beginning to miss potatoes, bread, tomatoes, cheese and red wine.
06 August 2008, Cervera de los Montes
Our land, our land, our fatherland
Sound loud, O name of worth
No mount that meets the heaven's band
No hidden vale, no wavewashed strand
Is loved, as is our native North
Our own forefathers' earth
Thy blossom, in the bud laid low
Yet ripened shall upspring
See! From our love once more shall grow
Thy light, thy joy, thy hope, thy glow
And clearer yet one day shall ring
The song our land shall sing
In the morning, we take a flight to the fatherland.
02 August 2008, Cervera de los Montes
Finally, my work in Yeosu, Korea, will be the basic set: A baseball playing pig painted on the wall with the slogan We Love Samsung and Kim Il-sung and, of course, 25 drawings about fast food and blitzkrieg.
Samsung is South Korea's largest company and the world's second largest conglomerate by revenue, leading several industries in the world. The core of the company is formed by electronics, shipbuilding and construction.
Kim Il-sung was the leader of North Korea from its founding in early 1948 until his death in 1994. He established a personality cult of the Great Leader” and switched from the Marxist-Leninist ideology to his self-developed Juche idea.
Baseball is originally a U.S sport and it was introduced to Korea in the late nineteenth century by the missionary P. Gillett. South Korea hosted the Baseball World Cup in 1982 and won the tournament. The Korean Baseball Organization, country's professional baseball league started in the same year. The teams of the KBO are generally named after the business conglomerates which owns them. One of the most succesful teams is Samsung Lionsa based in Daegu.
If the installation were somewhere else than in Korea, Samsung could be changed to any super conglomerate and Kim Jong-Il to any omnipotent leader but I really love the sung sung rhyme.