Rujak Centre for Urban Studies presents Yunjoo Kwak's (DAI, 2011) screening exhibition "Unfinished Odyssey: The Defectors" as a part of the forum "Archiving Resistance"

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Archiving Resistance at Rujak Center for Urban Studies collects and shows curator and artists’ practices and activist’s documentations available on many resistance incidents in our daily life. Participants are Sunyoung Oh (Seoul), Timoteus Anggawan Kusno (Yogyakarta), Yunjoo Kwak (DAI, 2011) (Seoul/Amsterdam), Elisa Sutanudjaja (Jakarta), Watchdoc (Jakarta) and Arie Syarifuddin (Jatiwangi).

Yunjoo Kwak will have her screening exhibition from the 8th to the 17th of November at the newly opened exhibition space of Rujak Center for Urban Studies. Moving Stories at Indonesian Visual Art Archive collects more various artists’ practices to ruminate and improve public art project through links with the surrounding regions. Participants are Yunjoo Kwak (Seoul/Amsterdam), Elisa Sutanudjaja (Jakarta), Mira Asriningtyas (Yogyakarta) and Arie Syarifuddin (Jatiwangi).

Unfinished Odyssey: The Defectors is one of Yunjoo Kwak’s (1977, born in Seoul, lives and works in Amsterdam) cinematic endeavour based on her long term research project on the history of Dutch military architecture and its urban environment in the Netherlands since World War II. The chronology of the building's transformation and the inhabitants somewhat reframe the history of world's military conflicts and migrant history, range from the Indonesian National Revolution, Korean War, Iraq War, Afghanistan War and Syrian War the most recent migrant crisis in Europe.   

The film composes several stories of North Korean refugees residing in the Netherlands by a Dutch activist, a professor on Korean studies, North Korean refugees and many others in the course of developing the project. By re-narrating the intricate history of the buildings and having dialogues with the three protagonists, Yunjoo tries to open different point of view with her new way of critical thinking through the cinematic endeavour.

Archiving Resistance at Rujak Center for Urban Studies (RCUS)

Wednesday, November 8th 2017 at 6:00 pm

Unfinished Odyssey: The Defectors by Yunjoo Kwak

Seriality, the Unknown, et cetera by Timoteus Anggawan Kusno

Functional Dissonance by Sunyoung Oh

Unfair Jakarta by Watchdoc

Archiving Resistance by Elisa Sutandjaja

Cultural Stereo Strategy of Jatiwangi Art Factory by Arie Syarifuddin


Yunjoo Kwak, Unfinished Odyssey: The Defectors

Rujak Center for Urban Studies (RCUS)

Screening: November 9th - 17th, 2017

Screening hours:

11 am, 13, 15, 17 and 18 pm, Monday to Friday

11 am, 12, 13, 14, 15 pm on Saturday (closed on Sunday)


Moving Stories at Indonesia Visual Art Archive (IVAA)

Friday, November 10th 2017 at 15:00 pm

Unfinished Odyssey by Yunjoo Kwak (Amsterdam/Seoul)

Archiving Resistance by Elisa Sutanudjaja (Jakarta)

900mdpl by Mira Asriningtyas (Yogyakarta)

Cur: the Untold History of Javanese Bamboo Coffee by Aire Syarifuddin (Jatiwangi)


The forum is open for the public and RSVP only because of lack of seating. We kindly ask for your registration to Edhis Subhana (Project Manager, RCUS) and Lisistrata Lusandiana (Program Manager, IVAA)