As I’ve been looking back at the books of 2016 I realise that there are a few recent publications I missed. Here are some of them, along with some that are advertised to be out this year. I do wish there was a decent source to tell you what’s new or coming up soon. Publishers’ […]

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Enrol now: Korean Cultural Classes starting January 2017

by Philip Gowman 15 January 2017
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For the first season of Korean cultural courses of 2017 the KCCUK is entering into a partnership with Kingston Adult Education. Courses will be held in the King Charles Centre, Hollyfield Road, Surbiton KT5 9AL. This term, dance and cuisine are added to the list of things you can learn. All four courses have ten […]

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Art Fair news: Hanmi Gallery presents Jaye Moon, Junebum Park + Joonhong Min at LAF

by Philip Gowman 15 January 2017
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When you visit London Art Fair this week be sure to look in at the Project space to see Hanmi Gallery’s show. And if you have some spare Lego bricks, bring them along to add to one of the installations. Jaye Moon | Junebum Park | Joonhong Min Hanmi Gallery at London Art Fair 2017, […]

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Korean galleries at London Art Fair 2017

by Philip Gowman 12 January 2017
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Two galleries will be visiting the London Art Fair from Korea, plus three London-based specialists: Gallery Location Artists Atelier Aki Main G4 Lee Seahyun | Kang Junyoung | Kim Nampyo | Kim Seajoong Do Gallery Proj P29 Shin Yong Il Hanmi Gallery Proj P14 Jaye Moon | Min Joonhong | Park Junebum Skipwiths Main 22 […]

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Exhibition news: Lee Jaehyo — Nature Bound, at Pontone Gallery

by Philip Gowman 11 January 2017
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Pontone Gallery’s first exhibition of the New Year is a solo show by Lee Jaehyo, more usually seen at Albemarle Gallery. I’m looking forward to seeing his new works using polished nails. Previously the designs have been abstract, looking like constellations of stars. The latest work looks to be moving towards more representational designs. Lee […]

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Book review: Hwang Jungeun — One Hundred Shadows

by Philip Gowman 4 January 2017
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Hwang Jungeun: One Hundred Shadows Translated by Jung Yewon Tilted Axis Press, 2016, 147pp Original published as 百의 그림자, Minumsa, 2010 The 2009 Yongsan apartment building disaster barely registered in the news media outside of Korea. But in its way it registered domestically much as the Sewol disaster did, acting as a rallying point against an […]

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Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year Address

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2017
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The following is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year Address, sourced from Rodong Sinmun: Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, made his address on the New Year, Juche 106 (2017). The […]

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January events 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2017
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Exhibitions Han Collection’s exhibition of colonial era posters and prints runs from 6th to 28th January. The UK Korean Artists Association has a two week exhibition, i, kid, at the KCC, 16 – 28 January. The exhibition opens with a performance on 16 January. The London Art Fair runs from 18th to 22nd January. Screenings […]

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A look back at some of the books of 2016

by Philip Gowman 30 December 2016
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To cut to the chase, here are my two books of the year for 2016. For more detail, read on. Literature in translation The world of translated fiction seems to have been dominated by two names this year, one Korean and one British. The Korean name of course is Han Kang. Just as The Vegetarian […]

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A review of the London Korean year 2016

by Philip Gowman 29 December 2016
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As is traditional at this time of year, we look back at some of the highlights of the London Korean Year. Exhibitions Is it my imagination, or was there less going on this year? Certainly from the perspective of contemporary art, we have been through a lull this year. With HADA Contemporary gone, Mokspace reborn […]

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Event news: i, kid — the Korean Artists Association residency at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 28 December 2016
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This is now the seventh exhibition by the Korean Artists Association UK to be held at the KCC. Their opening performance is always very popular and numbers are strictly limited so get your registration in early. Note that registration is via koreanartuk@gmail.com and not the normal KCC address. i, kid — 우리어릴적 Exhibition and performance […]

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Festival Film review: Spirit’s Homecoming

by Philip Gowman 27 December 2016
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With the signing of the Comfort Women “deal” between Japan and South Korea in December 2015 – a deal signed without consulting the victims themselves – the issue of the wartime sex slaves once again came to the fore. While the inter-governmental negotiators were reaching the final stages of their deal-making, Cho Jung-rae’s long-term project […]

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Season’s greetings to all our readers

by Philip Gowman 24 December 2016
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Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all of LKL’s readers, friends and contributors. Have a peaceful break. As in previous years, thanks are due to Jieun Kim aka The Drawing Hand for the London Korean Christmas design which adorns the cards that some of you will have received. This year thanks are […]

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Event news: 43rd London Open Go Congress 2016

by Philip Gowman 24 December 2016
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If you’re looking for something different between Christmas and the New Year and are in the Great Portland Street area, why not look in at the London Open Go (Baduk) Congress? This year it’s sponsored by DeepMind, the company whose AlphaGo computer beat 18-time world champion Lee Se-dol earlier this year. There’s a strong chance that the […]

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Event news: Sewol documentary screening at Birkbeck, 9 Jan

by Philip Gowman 23 December 2016
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A special screening of the newly released documentary film ‘SEWOL’ by Director Ok-Hee Jeong, hosted by the Birkbeck International Documentary Society. Sewol Director and Producer: Ok-Hee Jeong, 2016, 79mins Monday, 9 January 2017 at 18:30–20:30 Room B34 | Birkbeck | University of London | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HX Admission free. No registration required. […]

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K-music review: Darkness Poomba at The Place, Euston

by Philip Gowman 22 December 2016
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For the final event of K-Music 2016 we were introduced to the first UK visit of Modern Table headed by the multi-talented Kim Jae-duk, who choreographed the work as well as being an integral member of the dance troupe, though much of the time he was also front of stage singing or playing various wind […]

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Gig review: Asian Chairshot + Danpyunsun and the Sailors @ RichMix

by 앤서방 20 December 2016
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앤서방 reviews the second of 2016’s K-music festival gigs at Rich Mix  Each year I look forward to visits from Korean indie musicians to the UK. Starting with ska-punk rabble rousers Crying Nut’s thrilling London show in 2006, over the years we have been treated to some of the most interesting, exciting and original acts: […]

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