Don Mee Choi

»DMZ Colony« Exhibition of a Book

12 - 22 Mar 2020

© Don Mee Choi
»DMZ Colony« Exhibition of a Book
12 - 22 March 2020

By appointment only

In light of recent developments, daadgalerie will remain closed until further notice.

From March 17 to 22 2020 the exhibition Don Mee Choi: “DMZ Colony: Exhibition of a Book” is open by appointment only. Please write an e-mail to bkp.berlin@daad.de to arrange a visit.


For her latest project, poet Don Mee Choi returns to DMZ, the demilitarized zone that demarcates North and South Korea, in order to excavate exiled memory. In her book DMZ Colony, she explores the overlapping histories of the US and Korea through the use of her father’s photographs, archival materials, interviews, and drawings. For Choi, translation becomes a mode of knowledge production—”an anti-neocolonial mode,” as Don Mee Choi writes, “across political and linguistic borders, in search for a language of return.” At the daadgalerie, Don Mee Choi develops a spatialized project based on her book with texts, drawings, objects, and photographs. The project is inspired by Ilya Kabakov’s Exhibition of a Book, created in 1989 for the former daadgalerie. For the opening of her exhibition, she invites the composer and former BKP guest David Moss for a joint performance. In a conversation with writer Senthuran Varatharajah on March 18th, she explores the possibilities of poetics of resistance.