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Bae Chan-hyo: Punishment Project — at Purdy Hicks

This is an exhibition I’m looking forward to, after having had a mini preview at the London Art Fair in January. Until now, Bae Chan-hyo’s meticulously staged self portraits have featured him in the clothing of an aristocratic Western female. In his latest work, he dresses up as some well-known male historical characters.

Chan-hyo Bae: Punishment Project

27 February – 23 March 2013

Purdy Hicks Gallery is delighted to announce a new exhibition of works by acclaimed Korean photographer, Chan-Hyo Bae.

Following on from his previous series, Existing in Costume and Fairy Tales, Chan-Hyo Bae’s new work explores the theme of Punishment, taking as his starting point ‘power’.

Bae Chan-hyo: Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (2012)
Bae Chan-hyo: Anne Boleyn (2012). C print, Edition of 3, 230 x 180 cm / 90.5 x 71 in; and Henry VIII (2012). C print, Edition of 3 180 x 230 cm, Edition of 5 153.1 x 120 cm, Edition of 7 102.2 x 80 cm

Existing in Costume saw the artist pose in female historical western costumes. He plays on Western prejudice against Eastern men by creating elaborate scenes of himself as a noblewoman from the Elizabethan to Regency periods. By again introducing himself into Fairy Tales he shows that our bias is not only in the portrayal of history, but in perpetration of story telling, of what we read to our children.

‘The idea of Punishment exists everywhere,’ Chan-Hyo Bae writes about his latest series. ‘The desire for power in human nature can be shown as a strong prejudice against differences from other cultures. Through this work, I want to explore the process and deliberate on my existence. The main method of visualizing my punishment project was to be a power holder. Using famous power-holders I show them meting out punishment as part of their authority. I contrast the emotions between seven power holders from history and their rivals. It is a visualisation of my sense of isolation’.

Bae Chan-hyo: Guy Fawkes (2012)
Bae Chan-hyo: Guy Fawkes (2012) C Print. Edition of 3 180 x 230 cm, Edition of 5 153.1 x 120 cm, Edition of 7 102.2 x 80 cm

Chan-Hyo Bae (born South Korea, 1975) lives and works in London. He studied at Kyung-Sung University Korea, and the Slade School of Fine Art London. Recent exhibitions include ARTSPECTRUM Leeum Sansung Musuem Seoul; Korean Eye, Museum of Arts and Design New York; Chaotic Harmony, Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Ruptures and Continuities, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Purdy Hicks Gallery | 65 Hopton Street | Bankside | London SE1 9GZ
t: +44 (0)20 7401 9229
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Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 11am – 6pm


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

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