Bittersweet by Hyewon Kwon

1 Dec 2007 – 23 Feb 2008

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Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom


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Bittersweet by Hyewon Kwon


An emotional film which shows one of many simple piano melodies which can be played with only two fingers: Francis Lai's 'Theme from Love Story'. Bittersweet's disconcerting twist is that the pianist actually only has two fingers on each hand This is due to the condition ectrodactyly, which is the absence of part or all of one or more fingers or toes, present from birth. Kwon uses a single-take close-up, typical of her desire to combine formal simplicity with emotional significance.

Hyewon Kwon was born in Seoul, South Korea, and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Over recent years her work has been seen in a number of group exhibitions in the UK, as well as numerous international festivals.

Bittersweet is part of Single Shot a collection of specially commissioned film and video, all shot in one single-take. Single Shot is funded by Arts Council England and the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund, with additional support from Illy.

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