The KCC’s final exhibition of the year is a photography duo exhibition curated by MA students from the Whitechapel Gallery and London Metropolitan University.
Dialogues of Space: Heeseung Chung and Onejoon Che
15 December 2015 – 6 February 2016
Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Building 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, Saturday, 11am – 5pm.
The Korean Cultural Centre UK presents Dialogues of Space, an exhibition that explores physical and metaphorical spaces through the medium of photography by Korean contemporary artists Onejoon Che and Heesung Chung. The exhibition, on show from 15 December 2015, has been curated by MA students from the Whitechapel Gallery and London Metropolitan University.
Onejoon Che’s precise documentary photographs of architectural structures, abandoned urban sites and buildings provides a conceptual counterpoint to Heeseung Chung’s large-scale, intimate and poetic interiors, opening up a discourse on human presence and its echoes through cityscapes.
Shown together, these bodies of works show personal and private spaces in Korea’s present social and physical landscape. Sparking a discussion of the role of contemporary photography in the representation of society, Dialogues of Space highlights the skill and versatility in contemporary Korean photography.
Heeseung Chung (b. 1974, Seoul) is a photographer and maker of artist’s books. Her quiet, contemplative works show beauty in everyday objects, exquisitely making use of the capacity of her medium. Visitors will see a series of large-scale as well as small-format photographs on the subject of architectural, bodily and symbolic space, from the enigmatic ‘Room with revolving doors’, 2014, and the wistful exterior ‘Untitled’, 2013, to the ‘Unfinished sentence’ series of 2015.
Onejoon Che (b. 1979, Seoul) is a documentary photographer with a keen eye for forgotten and abandoned architecture. His particular interest lies in the history of places and locations, and the way the photography can make them visible to the beholder. He was awarded the ‘Ilwoo Foundation photo prize 2010’ and was nominated for ‘The 11th Hermes Korea Art Prize’ by Hermes Foundation, Seoul, 2011. He was also selected to participate in Le Pavilion residency program, Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2011.
Dialogues of Space is curated by students of the MA Curating the Contemporary, jointly taught by the Whitechapel Gallery and The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University. For more information, see http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/learn/ma-curating-contemporary