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LEAVE ME, DON’T LEAVE ME (2019, 17 min 27 s, experimental documentary, Korean with English subtitles)
HD video with sound

Leave me, don’t leave me is a gesture to memorialize one of the Jugong Apartment complexes in Gwacheon, South Korea, that disappeared in 2017, to make way for an aggressive urban development megaproject. Such loss of places is prevalent amongst communities in South Korean cities, depriving a group of people of local ties to their personal history and sense of belonging. Through this particular urban development project that began in 2016 in the city of Gwacheon, I have lost a neighbourhood which I consider as part of my identity, where major material references to my childhood memories disappeared. Leave me, don’t leave me is an expression of appreciation for the place, and a reflection on the irreversibility of such operations in contemporary urban spaces.

Distributed by Vidéographe

On-screen credits

Produced, directed and edited by
Jinyoung Kim

Performed by
Jinyoung Kim

Production Assistant
Kevin Jung-Hoo Park

Cinematography
Kevin Jung-Hoo Park

Sound Recordist
Young Chan Jin

Sound Mix and Original Music
Steve Bates

Music
내곁에서 떠나가지 말아요 (Please don’t leave me)
©1991 written by Kyung Hoon Han,
performed by 빛과 소금 (Light and Salt)

English Translation
Jinyoung Kim

French Translation
Seeun Kim

Created with support from
Canada Council for the Arts
Milieux Institute