Looking back at 2014: DPRK and regional news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In our third review of 2014, we look at some of the North Korea related news, and stories which put the peninsula in a wider East Asian context. Domestic news Kim Jong Un’s disappearance from public view in the Autumn prompted speculation ranging from a case of gout  to a “very specific kind of coup”. […]

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Looking back at 2014: Entertainment news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the second of four retrospective articles, we recall some of the entertainment stories that caught our eye in 2014. Good year for: Popular TV drama My Love from the Star had an impact beyond its 21 episode span. The lead female character, played by Jeon Ji-hyun, managed to boost sales of trenchcoats in Korea, […]

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Looking back at 2014: Culture, sport and tourism

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the first of four articles looking back over 2014, we recall some of the culture, sports and heritage stories that made the news. Arts Dansaekhwa emerged as flavour of the year. Following the MMCA exhibition in 2013 and Joan Kee’s book, Kukje Gallery had a monochrome retrospective, and dansaekhwa artists were included in MMCA […]

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An interview with Sora Kim-Russell, translator of Hwang Sok-yong’s Princess Bari

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2015
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Those of you who came along to the London Book Fair last year and were tantalised by seeing a translation of a passage from Hwang Sok-yong’s Princess Bari – at the time unpublished in English, and with no indication even that any more of the book had been translated – will be delighted by this […]

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Exhibition visit: Shin Meekyoung — Painting Series, at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 11 February 2015
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According to the notice advertising the exhibition, Shin Meekyoung’s Painting Series questions the values we ascribe to art works: by using expendable material rather than canvas and oils, and by avoiding the depiction of any discernible subject matter, she aims “to question the authority the painting has enjoyed for centuries.” Shin’s soap paintings are meant […]

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Exhibition visit: Young In Hong — In Her Dream, at the ICA

by Philip Gowman 9 February 2015
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An opulent table set for dinner, with rather unsettling ornaments, greets you in the ICA Theatre for the performance of Young In Hong’s piece In Her Dream. A solo cellist / vocalist starts playing slow arpeggios as four female dancers take their place at table, their eyes blindfolded in black veils. They take their veils […]

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DPRK Youth Para-Ensemble concerts in London, Oxford and Cambridge

by Philip Gowman 7 February 2015
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Up to a dozen disabled children and teenagers from North Korea will tour venues in the South East and Paris later this month. The programme of music and dance will include numbers from Phantom of the Opera on the accordion and the gayageum and scenes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. A version of […]

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The BKWS Seollal dinner

by Philip Gowman 7 February 2015
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Those who are members of both the British Korean Society (formerly known as the Anglo-Korean Society) and the British Korean Women’s Society are spoiled for dining choice this month. The BKS will be meeting on 18 February, while the BKWS will be celebrating Seollal with tteokguk on 19 February. The British Korean Women’s Society Invites […]

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Young In Hong: a new commission at the ICA for fig-2

by Philip Gowman 5 February 2015
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Korean artist Young In Hong is the 6th artist in fig-2, an artistic relay event at the ICA. According to their website, fig-2 is a revival of fig-1, which presented 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks. fig-1 was conceived and developed by Mark Francis and Jay Jopling in 2000. Fifteen years later, fig-2 brings together a programme […]

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Kang Woo-suk is February’s featured director

by Philip Gowman 4 February 2015
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Back in the 2013 London Korean Film Festival there was a mini-retrospective of Kang Woo-suk, with five of his films screening. This month we will be offered two of his early films: Mister Mama (12 Feb) and the first in the Two Cops franchise (26 Feb). Brief synopses below. As usual, booking is essential via […]

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A Korean Mini-Festival focusing on architecture

by Philip Gowman 4 February 2015
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In recent years we have been seeing an increasing amount of Korean design in London – at 100% Design, Tent London and elsewhere. It will also be remembered that Seoul was World Design Capital in 2010, and occasionally Korean urban design and architecture make it into the UK press – for example back in 2009 […]

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February events 2015

by Philip Gowman 1 February 2015
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Exhibitions As we get to London Fashion Week, the KCC’s first exhibition of the year is Style Sharing, as part of the International Fashion Showcase, from 16 February Prudential Eye award winner Shin Meekyoung has a solo show at HADA Contemporary from 5 February Hur Shan’s solo show at Gazelli Art House continues all month […]

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Shin Meekyoung and T.O.P receive Prudential Eye awards

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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London-based South Korean artist Shin Meekyoung won the 2015 Prudential Eye Award in the sculpture category, at a cemerony held in Singapore on 20 January this year. The Prudential Eye Awards were launched in 2014 by the Prudential Eye Programme, a partnership between Parallel Contemporary Art, Saatchi Gallery and Prudential – the collaboration which also […]

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Life in the Dolphin Pool – an illustrated talk on North Korea at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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Last year, the British Council held an exhibition of photographs of North Korea, a body of work that was the output of a long-planned collaboration with the DPRK authorities. LKL reviewed the exhibition here. If you had gone to the exhibition on a Friday lunchtime, you might have had a guided tour of the works […]

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Theatre on video: a screening of Oh Tae-seok’s The Life Cord

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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Oh Tae-seok’s plays are always worth watching, and coming up this month is a screening of a live performance by the National Drama Company of Korea. The play covers a troubled period of Joseon dynasty history: the struggles for the throne in the years following the death of King Sejong. The story of the deposed […]

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Style Sharing – International Fashion Showcase at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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The KCCUK maintains its recent form of linking up with London Fashion Week (20-24 February 2015). As in previous years, its first new show of the year features Korean fashion designers in London: Style Sharing International Fashion Showcase 16 Feb, 2015 – 4 April, 2015 Preview: 18.30~20.30, 16 Feb, 2015 RSVP: info@kccuk.org.uk The Exhibition explores […]

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Shin Meekyoung: Painting Series — at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2015
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Much of Shin Meekyoung’s newest work last year was presented outside of London rather than in the capital. So it’s good that she’s got a solo show at HADA Contemporary in February and March this year, her first for that gallery. Shin Meekyoung: Painting Series 5 February – 29 March 2015 HADA Contemporary | 21 […]

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