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Barbed Wire Series I

Barbed Wire Series
Artist: Kakyoung Lee (June 22, 1975 – ) Primary
Artist: Alex Kirillov (1982 – 2021) Printer
Artist: Brandywine Workshop and Archive Publisher
Date: 2018
21st century
Dimensions: 23 3/8 x 29 7/8 in. (593.73 x 758.83 mm)
Dimensions Extent: sheet
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Asia, South Korea
Medium and Support: Offset lithograph on paper
Edition Size: 60
Credit Line: Partial gift of the Brandywine Workshop and Archive and Museum Purchase with funds from the Black Art Fund, 2022.
Accession Number: 2022.17.22
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"The Barbed Wire Series is a series of prints and a multi-channel moving image installation. The prints Barbed Wire Series I and II are based on the shapes of the barbed wire at the U.S. army base in my hometown.

The memory of walking along the barbed wire fence in my old hometown and playing cat’s cradle with my sister against the wall connects to the political tension on military borders.

Despite the growing threats between the United States and North Korea, the repetitive shapes of the tangled and distorted barbed wire are aesthetically beautiful as abstract line drawings. I hope there is a way to peacefully loosen the tangled tension as if it were like children playing cat’s cradle."
— From Brandywine Workshop and Archives record

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