Somehow, the recent acquisition at the V&A of Chun Kwang-young’s Aggregation10-SE032RED, placed as it is in a glass display case, lacks the impact of the new works by the distinguished artist currently on at Bernard Jacobson Gallery in Cork Street. Because of the glass, you can’t get right up close; and because of the compactness […]

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Yoshiko 1945 – at Tristan Bates Theatre

by Philip Gowman 15 April 2014
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As part of FIRST 2014: A Festival of Solo Performances at Tristan Bates Theatre: Yoshiko 1945 Starring Yuna Shin Directed by Linda Miller 19 April 2014, 4pm. Peking. 1945. Yoshiko Kawashima receives a shocking letter from her adoptive father, forcing her to look back on her incredible life and unforgivable actions. Yoshiko, born a Chinese […]

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North Korea: Threat or Bluster? — at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 14 April 2014
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On paper, this looks rather an odd talk to have at a literature festival: the controversial journalist John Sweeney who accompanied some LSE students on a tour to North Korea in 2013; and the China and North Korea specialist Paul French, who gave a very interesting talk on foreign investment in North Korean industry at […]

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Exhibition visit: Park Seungmo — Absence, at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 13 April 2014
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Maybe at LKL we’ve been over-focussing on Korean Literature this past week, so this weekend I paid a belated visit to HADA Contemporary to catch their exhibition of Park Seungmo’s latest work. I managed to miss his show last year, and it was Shin Eunjeong who reviewed his 2012 solo show for this site, so […]

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Lee Jung-myung in London to promote The Investigation

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2014
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Unannounced to any apart from the Korean press, Lee Jung-myung was in town this week with his agent, signing copies of his novel The Investigation (another Kim Chi-young translation). He appeared at Goldsboro Books on Monday night, 7 April – the day before the Book Fair opened. The man behind the counter described the book […]

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London Book Fair, day 3 – looking forward, looking back

by Philip Gowman 11 April 2014
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The London Book Fair is over now, but the collaboration with Korea continues, for which a huge thank-you is due to the British Council and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. One thing I forgot to mention yesterday is that Britain (or was it the UK?) is invited as guest country at the Seoul Book […]

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London Book Fair, day 2

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2014
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Day 2 of the London Book Fair, in which:  Han Kang said very nice things about her translator (Deborah Smith) and Shin Kyung-sook called hers her “twin soul”; We discovered that Kim Young-ha was about to start writing a historical novel set in the Joseon dynasty, only to find out that Kim Insuk had already […]

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Chung Chung-hoon is the second of the KCC’s film professionals

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2014
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News of season 2 of the KCC’s “Year of the Film Professionals”. This quarter we are focusing on cinematographer Chung Chung Hoon, who is associated with, or indeed created, Park Chan-wook’s visual style. Note that the Q&A is mid-season, at the end of May. Here are the screenings: Thursday 10 Apr 7pm: Sympathy for Lady […]

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LBF 9 April events at Earls Court: your conflict-checker

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2014
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Take your pick. Here are the choices you have on the second day of the fair at Earls Court. Thankfully, there are no diary conflicts in the evening. Click on the graphic for a more legible version, and click on the various hyperlinks in this post for more details of the different events. You can […]

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London Book Fair, day 1

by Philip Gowman 8 April 2014
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Hwang Sok-yong, Kim Young-ha, Lee Seung-u, Kim Hyesoon, Shin Kyoung-sook, Yi Mun-yol, Krys Lee… and those were just the Korean literary figures that we got to see today. There were plenty more talks – mainly focusing on the Korean publishing industry – that we didn’t get to, thanks to unfortunate scheduling clashes, and writers from […]

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LBF 8 April events at Earls Court: your conflict-checker

by Philip Gowman 8 April 2014
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Take your pick. Here are the choices you have on the first day of the fair at Earls Court. And of course you have to choose between Yi Mun-yol at the British Library and Yoon Tae-ho at the KCC in the evening too. Click on the graphic for a more legible version, and click on […]

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Hyun Jeung: Jardins Croisés, at Mokspace from 17 April

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2014
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Hyun Jeung’s exhibition of lovely woodblock prints at Mokspace in 2012 still lingers in the memory. So I’ll be sure to call in at her new solo show: Hyun Jeung: Jardins Croisés 18th April – 7th May 2014 Opening night: Thursday 17th April 6.00 – 8.00 pm Mokspace | 33 Museum Street| Bloomsbury | London […]

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The Art of Printing: Korea’s Evolving Printing Types

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2014
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Organised to coincide with the London Book Fair, this exhibition at the KCC is curated by the Korean Publishers Association: The Art of Printing: Korea’s Evolving Printing Types Exhibition Dates: 07 April 2014 – 14 June 2014 Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK The World’s Oldest Wooden and Metal Printing Technologies – Korea’s Printing Culture presented […]

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Exhibition visit: Kim Jihee — Between the Lines, at cueB Gallery

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2014
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In quick succession, London has had three exhibitions by Korean artists who use books as a medium. All three artists destroy the book: Kwon Jukhee shreds the pages into tiny strips to transform the books into sculptures in which the paper cascades like a waterfall; Chun Kwang-young tears pages out of the books and uses […]

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10 things to read before the London Book Fair

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2014
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The London Book Fair is nearly upon us, and as you well know: the more you put in to something, the more you get out. So here is your preparatory reading (and listening) list: The April edition of Words without Borders: a Korea special, including works by Shin Kyung-sook, Kim Young-ha and Han Kang (all […]

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Exhibition visit: Tak Ki-young — Loyalty, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2014
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Tak Ki-young is Senior Director of Photography at the Hankyoreh newspaper. He lives in Northeast Seoul near Mount Cho An (초안산), where there is the site of graves of Joseon dynasty court officials. The site is now overgrown, and nestling amidst the woodland are solitary statues which acted as sentinels for the tombs. Tak is […]

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April events

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2014
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Books and Literature In case you hadn’t noticed already, this is the month of the London Book Fair (8 – 10 April), in which Korea is the market focus. A complete chronological list of talks and other events related to the fair can be found in LKL’s special LBF events page. Outside of London, there […]

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