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“Monologues” Exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre

The National Museum of Contemporary art in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, is one of LKL’s favourite places in the Seoul area. Each year they run a programme of artists in residence. The upcoming exhibition at the Cultural Centre shows some of the fruits of that programme.

“Monologues” Exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre UK
Resident and Alumnae artists from the Residence Programme of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
22 March 2011 – 28 May 2011

Monologue poster

The Korean Cultural Centre (UK) is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Monologues showing a selection of artists from the Residence Programme of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. The Residence Programme supports the artists in their creative activities and helps them to build domestic and foreign networks.

In 2007, in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Residence Programme, the studio put on a special exhibition titled , and the exhibition has continued biannually since then. In 2009, the Korean Cultural Service New York presented ‘Doors Open’, the first exhibition in New York featuring alumni artists of the Residence Programme, an event which triggered the promotion of promising Korean artists to the international art scene.

The Korean Cultural Centre UK is providing a platform for four resident and alumnae artists of the Residence Programme to introduce these artists to UK audiences. These four artists use their art to express a variety of narratives. Each unique in their own way, they have touched upon themes from their own lives as well as wider reflections that encapsulate the discussions in Korea today.

LEE Eunsil transfers psychological states of the immanent human desire through metaphor and symbolic expression. Her own visual language explores the indescribable sentiment in the boundary between the surreal, real time and space. Her grotesque and distorted sexual figures unravel the psychological desires of human beings. Korean-American Sunny KIM uses her personal experience of childhood immigration to explore her inner characteristics. Her narrative takes a third person point of view as she borrows images from the others’ photos and movies to present the gap between the real and memories of her unrealized childhood as a Korean. Mackerel Safranski uses flamboyant colour and theatrical elements in her canvass. Her narratives emphasize the critical role of art as it encompasses the reality and society around her. A scene from a personal story or the bodily image condensate into a single canvas in LEE Jinju‘s work: the puzzle-like arrangement of familiar icons becomes strange, presenting the complex layer of the inner world whilst exploring the relationship between oneself and our surroundings.

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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