Joo Yeon Park: Library of the Unword at Southbank Centre

Joo Yeon Park’s Library of the Unword commemorates the 30th anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s death.

The exhibition features an installation, Twenty Times a Thousand (2019), in response to Beckett’s poem ‘Echo’s Bones’ (1935). The work comprises over a hundred mixtures of mirrors and a ‘disembodied voice’ written as circles using graphite and ink on Korean manuscript paper.

The term ‘unword’ in the exhibition title, borrowed from Beckett’s ‘German Letter of 1937’, recalls Beckett’s goal as a writer to ‘bore one hole after another in it, until what lurks behind it – be it something or nothing – begins to seep through’.

The exhibition also features archival items on Beckett from the National Poetry Library collection, including audio, images, press cuttings and a rare copy of his poetry collection ‘Echo’s Bones and Other Precipitates’, published in 1935.