Ji Hoon kim
Silver Horse Town | When Silver Horse Town was built in 1981, my parents decided to move there, the largest planned city in Gangnam. Thirty years before ‘Gangnam Style,’ the neighborhood grew to become the most luxurious residential area in Seoul. My family settled down in one of the 4,424 apartments there, and I grew up witnessing the townas growth. With the 2004 housing boom, Silver Horse Town began a rebuilding plan that made it the hottest property in Gangnam. But after the economic crash of 2008, their rebuilding plan was suspended, and the town’s dreams collapsed. My project started when I began to see my town desire of the people who live under its surreal density. I focused on Silver Horse Town’s provocative landscape, the neighborhood, and on details of the buildings. After two years, I can see the city plan for the new millennium, which repeats and follows uniformed, group ambition. These radical and rapid changes raise questions about society and identity, and divide public opinion in Greenland. Its people are torn between a desire to catch up with the modern world, and a feeling that they are an ice population which, like the ice itself, is slowly melting away. I traveled to Greenland at the beginning of 2013, staying with the local inhabitants of the towns and the northernmost dwellings I encountered. I journeyed from 67° to the 77th parallel north until Qaanaaq, after one year and a half of preparation, with the aim of recording these changes on film.