2005, Digital video projection, 14 min
2nd Light is the second work in Paul Chan’s highly acclaimed digital animation series The 7 Light (2005–07), in which the artist attempts to portray the story of the world through seven immersive animated projections. Religious and political in tone, framed within a single trapezoid-shaped projection on the floor, 2nd Light presents a haunting reflection of some of the darkest moments in the history of humanity. The mesmerising juxtaposition of shadow and light evokes an apocalyptic setting and also represents the ongoing tension between good and evil in recent history.
Photo courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. Photograph: Jean Vong