Ruins of a Splendid Holiday

This is an audiovisual ethnography on the memories of perpetrators of state violence, particularly lower level actors who carried out the murderous plan during the May 18 in 1980, Gwangju, South Korea. In 1980, Gwangju, located in the agricultural Honam region in South Korea, became a theater of state violence as a great many civilians were brutally killed by the martial law army. But we still know almost nothing about the "people" especially lower level actors who carried out the murderous plan. While the victims of the May 18 have been the subject of significant academic research since the 1990s, particularly after the democratization of South Korea, the perpetrators of state violence have rarely been featured in this landscape. I wish to examine the contrast between the visibility of victims and the invisibility of perpetrators. 

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