Photo by Nam Kiyong

Photo: Nam Kiyong

Photo: Nam Kiyong

Photo: Nam Kiyong

Dinosaur

Dinosaur is an edition of what has been regarded as the shortest novel in the world, translated and “published” for the first time in Korean.

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  • 『A Tale of Two Cities: Narrative Archive of Memories』. Arko Art Center, Seoul, 2017

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Photo: Nam Kiyong

Photo: Nam Kiyong

Photo: Nam Kiyong

Photo: Nam Kiyong

Gyeryong, South Chungcheong province, is the smallest city in South Korea, with a population of 41,730 as of 2015. Designed as a military town, it hosts headquarters of three major defense departments (army, navy, and air force), with more than 40% of the population working for, or related to, the military. As of 2014, of the 8,729 workforces of the city, none were working in the primary industry; 785 in manufacturing; and the rest in the tertiary sector including commerce and services.

Sabang is probably the smallest city in Indonesia, with an estimated population of 28,454 as of 2014. It consists of several islands off the northern tip of Sumatra, and is the northernmost and westernmost city in Indonesia. There are remnants of fortifications and bunkers built by the Japanese occupying forces during the Second World War. The majority of the population are Muslim, and Sharia rules are officially recognized in the region. Its major industry is agriculture.

El dinosaurio was written by the Guatemalan writer Augusto Monterroso Bonilla (1921–2003) in 1959. Composed of mere seven words, it is one of the shortest novels ever written. It was, at least, known as the shortest Spanish work until Luis Felipe Lomelí published the four-word story El emigrante in 2005. There have been many interpretations of the story, but it’s apparent to us that the work is about the city and memory.

(A Tale of Two Cities, exhibition booklet, 2017)