A look back at the films and music of 2015

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2016
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In the second of two articles (the first looked at the world of books) we look at some of the releases of 2015 that caught our eye. Film Two Kickstarter-funded films to which LKL contributed came to fruition: Twinsters, the story of twin sisters adopted in different continents who discover each other through Facebook; and […]

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Theatre review: In-Sook Chappell — P’yongyang

by Philip Gowman 18 January 2016
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After Mia Chung’s You For Me For You at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, which finished on 9 January, it was a relief to sit down to a play where you could believe in the characters and enjoy natural dialogue that you could imagine people uttering in real life. The production, in a room above an […]

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Art Fair news: Kyung Hwa Shon solo exhibition at London Art Fair 2016

by Philip Gowman 17 January 2016
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Congratulations to Kyung Hwa Shon, who won the Wilson Williamson Gallery’s 2015 SOLO Award, and who will therefore be having a solo show in the Projects Space of the 2016 London Art Fair. Kyung Hwa Shon: The City of Fragments WW Contemporary Art presents Kyung Hwa Shon, winner of the 2015 SOLO Award, selected by […]

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Exhibition news: Junebum Park in Digital Generation

by Philip Gowman 17 January 2016
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Hanmi Gallery has been working with Junebum Park for a couple of years now. Their latest venture is a project with the boys of Tonbridge School: Digital Generation Art from Fidelity International 23 January – 6 March 2016 OBS GALLERY | Tonbridge School | Tonbridge | Kent TN9 1JP Open Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm and […]

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Art Fair news: Hanmi Gallery presents Guem MinJeong at LAF

by Philip Gowman 17 January 2016
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Hanmi Gallery will be participating in the Project space of the London Art Fair, presenting Guem MinJeong’s work for the first time in London: Guem MinJeong Hanmi Gallery | Art Projects P8 | London Art Fair 2016 20 – 24 Jan 2016 | Business Design Centre | London N1 0QH Hanmi Gallery is pleased to […]

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A look back at the books of 2015

by Philip Gowman 16 January 2016
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In place of our annual “LKL Awards” post, we look at some of the highlights of 2015 in the area of books, film and music. Apart from the field of literature in translation (and of course I’m talking Han Kang here), there are no clear winners or I haven’t covered enough ground to choose one. […]

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Theatre Review: Mia Chung’s You for Me for You

by Philip Gowman 15 January 2016
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I’m not quite sure what it was about You For Me For You that had me squirming uncomfortably in my seat after a few minutes – a condition in which I stayed for the remainder of the play. I don’t think it was the subject matter: the tales of hardship in North Korea outside of […]

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Korea – Australia arts exchange: engaged, or just hanging out?

by Philip Gowman 12 January 2016
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Catching your eyes as you leave the museum shop of Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art is a magazine with the arresting work of Lee Hyung-koo on the front cover. It certainly drew my attention as I reluctantly came to the end of my visit to the Asia Pacific Triennial. Taking a closer look, I noted […]

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A review of the London Korean Year 2015

by Philip Gowman 11 January 2016
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What were my highspots of the London Korean Year 2015? Read the below for some clues: Food 2015 was definitely the year that Korean food started consolidating its position in the UK. Here are a few highlights: The Anglo-Korean sauce company Yogiyo! got funding in business reality show Dragons’ Den; Judy Joo’s Jinjuu opened off Regent Street […]

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Exhibition news: Noh Suntag at 43 Inverness Street and Fitzrovia Gallery

by Philip Gowman 10 January 2016
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Winner of the 2014 Korea Artist Prize Noh Suntag is coming to London for two concurrent solo shows. He will be appearing in a talk at SOAS on 5 February, and doing a guided tour of his Inverness Street exhibition on 30 Jan at 11 am. Noh Suntag Dance of Order, at 43 Inverness Street […]

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Exhibition news: Dansaekhwa — Minimal Korean Art of the 1970s, at The Arts Club

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2016
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Coinciding with the opening of the Park Seo-bo solo exhibition at White Cube is a broader exhibition of Dansaekhwa at the Arts Club. Open to non-members by appointment only at the times mentioned below. Dansaekhwa: Minimal Korean Art of the 1970s The Arts Club 40 Dover Street | Mayfair | London W1S 4NP | www.theartsclub.co.uk […]

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Double book review: two takes on Shin Sang-ok

by Philip Gowman 8 January 2016
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Paul Fischer: A Kim Jong-il Production Penguin / Viking 2015, 353pp Steven Chung: Split Screen Korea – Shin Sang-ok and Postwar Cinema University of Minnesota Press 2014, 262pp The story of actress Choi Eun-hee and Shin Sang-ok combines elements of both romance and thriller as well as representing important phases in the history of film […]

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Conference news: LSE SU Korea Future Forum 2016

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2016
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The London School of Economics Students Union Korea Political and Economic Forum returns in February 2016: LSE SU Korea Future Forum 2016 Korea-EU FTA: After 5 Years of EU’s First Trade Deal with an Asian Country, Korea London School of Economincs, Old Building, Old Theatre. Saturday, 6 February 2016, 8am – 5.20pm Open to all; […]

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January events 2016

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2016
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Two highlights this month: In-Sook Chappell’s new play and Han Kang’s new novel. Performance There are still a couple of performances remaining of Mia Chang’s well-reviewed You for Me for You at the Jerwood Theatre upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre In-Sook Chappell’s new play, P’yongyang, is at the Finborough Theatre, 5 – 30 January. […]

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Kim Jong Un’s 2016 New Year address

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2016
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Here is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2016 New Year Address, as published in today’s Rodong Sinmun: Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, made his address on the New Year, Juche […]

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President Park’s 2016 New Year Message

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2016
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Here is the text of President Park Geun-hye’s 2016 New Year Message, sourced from the Blue House website. Fellow Koreans, The New Year of 2016 has dawned. In the Year of the Red Monkey, a symbol of creativity and wisdom, I hope every one of us will pool our creative enthusiasm and wisdom to make […]

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A surviving victim’s view on the Korea-Japan Comfort Women “deal”

by 앤서방 30 December 2015
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In September this year 90 year old survivor of WW2 Japanese military sexual slavery Kim Bok-dong gave two public talks in London, at the Korean Cultural Centre and at Goldsmiths University. She said she had come, ‘not as a victim but as a human rights activist’, and explained that the surviving ladies were not just […]

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