Philip Gowman

The Justice for ‘Comfort Women’ UK group held a quiet protest outside Westminster Central Hall yesterday as people filed in to listen to a talk by Ban Ki-moon. The dignified campaign continued inside: as Ban got up to speak, a protestor held up a sign demanding that the intergovernmental “deal” be annulled. Ban’s speech was targeted […]

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“How Korea became fashion’s new fraternity”

by Philip Gowman 2 February 2016
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Tonight’s Evening Standard page 27. I know I’m going to sound my age here but anyway… Dara from 2NE1 (right) looks fine. But would any of you turn up to an event looking like G-Dragon (Big Bang) or CL (2NE1)? If anyone’s interested in reading it, it’s a brief puff piece on how Koreans are […]

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February events 2016

by Philip Gowman 1 February 2016
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February seems to be the month of artist talks, among other things: Exhibitions and artist talks Dialogues of Space closes at the KCC on 6 Feb, and artist Onejoon Che has a talk on 2 Feb. Noh Suntag has two parallel solo shows at 43 Inverness Street (all month) and Fitzrovia Gallery (closing 26 Feb), […]

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Event news: Dok2 + The Quiett to perform at The Laundry

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2016
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Tickets have been sold out for months but, for the archives, Dok2 + The Quiett are performing at The Laundry, 2-18 Warburton Rd, E8 3FN on 19 Feb from 8pm till late. If I remember right, this is Dok2’s second appearance in London. Links: Event’s Facebook page. Book tickets here.

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Event news: History 히스토리 to perform in Islington

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2016
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K-pop fans will already have booked their tickets but, for the record, History’s (히스토리) UK debut is at the O2 Academy in Islington on 21 February. Tickets via Arpeggios Entertainment. More details on the event’s Facebook page. Here’s a taster: I can’t help feeling it’s rather like Stephen Colbert’s K-pop parody Talking in Korean…

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Exhibition visit: a brief walk round London Art Fair 2016

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2016
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No matter how well you prepare yourself for an art fair, you are bound to be caught unawares as you follow your planned route from stall to stall. In our visit of course we focused on Skipwiths, Shine and Hanmi, but elsewhere we came across the established photographer Boomoon showing at Flowers Gallery, and emerging […]

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Exhibition news: Yiyun Kang presents her site-specific work in the V+A

by Philip Gowman 30 January 2016
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Having visited Yiyun Kang in her V+A studio to see what her residency is about, I’m looking forward to seeing this upcoming installation in the Cast Court: Casting Room 46a, Cast Courts, Victoria & Albert Museum 12 February 2016, 6:30pm – 10pm Free, drop in. Supported by Samsung Casting is a site-specific work created by […]

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Event news: A Hard Day screens at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 30 January 2016
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The KCCUK’s second screening of the year is A Hard Day. You’ll come out feeling exhausted, but it’s a great ride. We loved it. A Hard Day (끝까지 간다) Dir Kim Seong-hun, 2013, 111 mins 11 February, 2016 at 7pm, KCCUK Registration required via the KCC website On the way back from his mother’s funeral, […]

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Exhibition news: Michael Joo — Radiohalo, at Blain Southern

by Philip Gowman 30 January 2016
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Notice of an upcoming exhibition by Korean American artist Michael Joo: Michael Joo: Radiohalo 10 February 2016 – 9 April 2016 Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm | Saturday: 10am – 5pm Private View: 9 April, 6 – 8pm Blain|Southern | 4 Hanover Square | London W1S 1BP | www.blainsouthern.com Radiohalo is a major solo […]

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Deborah Smith wins Literary Translation award.

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2016
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Han Kang says she’s “amazing”. Deborah Levy says she’s “obviously a genius”. And now, congratulations to Deborah Smith for winning The Arts Foundation Literary Translation Award 2016. According to the TLS blog, the award comes with a £10,000 bursary which Deborah plans to use “to fund research into the Korean author Yi Chong-jun” (Your Paradise, […]

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Event news: an opportunity to hear Ban Ki-moon in London

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2016
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An opportunity to hear Ban Ki-moon talk on a rare visit to London: The UN at 70: time to invest in our global system – A conversation with Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General 5 February 2016, 9am Central Hall Westminster | Storey’s Gate | London SW1H 9NH Tickets £15. Book here. (Discount for members of the […]

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Event news: Onejoon Che in Dialogues of Space Arttalk

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2016
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An art discussion to coincide with the final week of the current exhibition at the KCC. Arttalk: Dialogues of Space 2 February 2016, 6:30pm A Conversation with the artist Onejoon Che, Daniel Herrmann (curator at the Whitechapel Gallery), and Karen McQuaid (curator at the Photographers’ Gallery) Curated by the MA ‘Curating the Contemporary’, London Metropolitan […]

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Exhibition news: Print Matters — KCCUK’s contribution to London Fashion Week

by Philip Gowman 27 January 2016
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As in previous years, the KCCUK is hosting an exhibition that coincides with London Fashion Week and the International Fashion Showcase: Print Matters 15 February 2016 – 11 March 2016 Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW Free Admission Private View: 15 February, 18:30-20:30pm ‘Brand Korea’ – Panel Discussion. 23rd February […]

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Event news: Sung Hwan Kim in Arttalk at KCC

by Philip Gowman 26 January 2016
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Sung Hwan Kim’s exhibition in Tate Modern’s tanks was one of LKL’s highlights of 2012. So we’ve cleared the diary for his talk at the KCC on Friday evening, 3 February, currently scheduled for 6:30pm, where he will be appearing with his collaborator the composer David Michael DiGregorio, aka dogr. I wonder if the KCC […]

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Event news: Korean ‘Comfort Women’ — Listen to Their Voices, Hear Their Cries.

by Philip Gowman 26 January 2016
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A timely new book on the Comfort Woman issue is out about now from Palgrave McMillan. Its author, Dr Maki Kimura, will be giving a talk at SOAS on 12 February: Korean ‘Comfort Women’: Listen to Their Voices, Hear Their Cries presented by the SOAS Save Jeju Island Society 6:30pm, Friday 12th, 2016, SOAS main […]

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Event news: A talk with North Korean refugee Sungju Lee

by Philip Gowman 26 January 2016
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The EARHNK’s first event of the year is in the Houses of Parliament on 1 February: A Talk With Sungju Lee: North Korean Refugee and UK Chevening Scholar Venue: Committee Room 17, the Houses of Parliament, London Date: Monday, February 1, 2016 Time: 5pm The European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea is proud […]

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Event news: Benson Lee’s Seoul Searching to screen at Asia House film fest

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2016
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It’s good that we’re finally getting a chance to see Seoul Searching in London. The Asia House Film Festival presents its European premiere. Earlier in the festival is the UK premiere of the documentary State of Play. Seoul Searching Dir: Benson Lee, USA / South Korea / China, 2015) 105 minutes, European premiere Time: February […]

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