“Transculturación e imaginarios colectivos inusitados. Relaciones históricas y estéticas entre Corea del Sur y Colombia”
Óscar Dario Villota / Eliana Kim (Colombia) Mesa C – Conectografías
The paper aims to reflect on the crossings and connections between South Korea and Colombia, two countries geographically, idiomatically and culturally distant, but which have had unusual moments of historical exchanges.
From the participation of the Colombian army in the Korean War, to the incidence of political activism of K-pop fans in Colombia during the 2019 protests, the visual manifestations, photographic records, memories and regional metanarratives resulting from this relationship are maintained in the institutionality and popular culture of both countries, leaving a particular and unusual mutual mark.
The common thread of these relationships are the conectographies, framed in a world interconnected at a geopolitical and economic level, but especially by the appropriations and cultural mixtures -manifested in urban tribes, music, television, RRSS- typical of contemporaneity.
The dominant Cold War meta-narratives determined a confrontation on the Korean Peninsula and Colombia's military participation in a conflict on the other side of the Pacific, and decades later, in 2019, the beginnings of the political activism of k-popers in Colombia and the revaluation of the collective memory of Colombian soldiers in Korea coincide as part of collective and popular imaginaries, where borders do not have to do with geographic conditions as much as with aesthetic ones.