Strayed Glory

DAPHNE JIYEON JANG2020

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom

This work has a story about a very well-known cultural asset call as the Elgin Marbles - The Parthenon Marbles situation among the British Museum of the UK and Greek.
More and More people now know that Elgin Marbles took from Lord Elgin when he was in Greek as the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1801 to 1805. As a result, he is still taking severe criticism. Nevertheless of criticism, some people still believe that the Parthenon Marbles in the British Museum were donated from Lord Elgin, and hundreds and thousands of people of guests visit there to see the beautiful Parthenon Marbles as also known as Elgin Marbles. Although the Elgin Marbles are stolen pieces, it still belongs to the British Museum. As so, it is a dilemmatic on-going issue between the UK and Greek.

A Jang’s new piece “Strayed Glory” suggested that to think again the situation in a morally way. As much as she studies more about the Elgin Marbles - the Parthenon Marbles, she realized that pieces of the Parthenon Marbles look like kidnapped pieces from the British Museum. The original shine is gone and became a battlefield.
Primarily, the Parthenon built to honor Athene’s power and glory. However, It cannot find the original meanings and even they look as weak as most.
At this point, “Strayed Glory” shows a current position of the Elgin Marbles - Parthenon Marbles.
Jang re-created sculptures as ‘Moving Sculpture’ invite sources mostly from the pediment and some parts of the Elgin Marbles - Parthenon Marbles.
Athene from Jang’s work seems very sad and weak different from her fame in myth history. Also, deconstructed moving images of Dionysos in Jang’s work gives feels a relief of frustration but at the same time, it has a meaning for the tragedy of obsession. Jang also invited a story of Hermès and Apollo in myth on her work. The story among Hermès and Apollo has meanings of stealing and trading. Although Hermès and Apollo do not appear in the Elgin Marbles - Parthenon Marbles, she invited this story for telling the situation of Elgin Marbles - the Parthenon Marbles. By introducing the story which is quoted from the myth story, Jang believed that the situation would be deeply understood by audiences.

Figuring the history and on-going issues related to politics among the countries is not a simple situation. Nevertheless, no matter what complex and tough situations, if we are thinking as simple as morally, the issue will be solved much easy way.

Details

  • Title: Strayed Glory
  • Creator: DAPHNE JIYEON JANG
  • Date: 2020
  • Location: Seoul and Edinburgh
  • Provenance: The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Type: Film
  • Medium: Media Art (Moving Image Projection)

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