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Busan Biennale 2020


KIM Keum Hee At Christmas...

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At Christmas...

Jimin and Hyunwoo met each other at a literature group in college and they both admired Okju, the senior who was popular among the members. They got close to each other quickly and started to date. On Christmas day, Jimin suddenly wanted to get out of Seoul so they decided to travel to Busan, the city where Hyunwoo’s family lived. But their relationship ends because of Hyunwoo’s feeling for Okju. Later Jimin becomes a broadcasting producer and her team tries to cast a social media influencer, called Matjip AlphaGo, who is known for giving out names of the restaurants just by looking at the dishes. She is hesitant to contact AlphaGo because she already knows that it is Hyunwoo. After a few e-mails, her team visits Busan where Hyunwoo lives on Christmas day. Upon their arrival, they visit a Chinese restaurant at Choryang-dong and Jimin starts to reminisce about her memories. They finally meet at the cafe called Busan Symphony at Yeong-do and shoots Hyunwoo giving out the names of the restaurants by looking at the photo. Strangely it takes a very long time to give out answers. Then after shooting, they visit the legs place(Darijip), tteokbokki place in Gwangalli, where after conversation, Jimin finally bursts out her feelings. This whole time she reminds herself to be chill but being in Busan constantly brings her back to the past. The shooting fails to be broadcasted because the account, AlphaGo suddenly disappears. Later when replaying the footage, the team finds out that he was cheating on them that every time he was given a photo, Hyunwoo would go to the bathroom or outside to smoke with his phone. But for Jimin, it was her first chance to talk about their break-up with Hyunwoo since then and also the second chance to say goodbye.

KIM Keum Hee, Novelist

KIM Keum Hee is a novelist born in Busan, Korea in 1979 and was raised in Incheon. She has published collections of short stories including, Sentimentality Works Only for a Day or Two, Too Bright Outside for Love, and Only One Person’s Share, full-length novel, Kyungae’s Heart, and mid-length novel, Maggie, My Love. She has won numerous awards including the Shin Dong-yup Prize for Literature, Munhakdongne Young Writers’ Award, Hyundae Literary Award, and Woohyeon Art Award.

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