AboutFriday Late: Korea
Victoria and Albert Museum, the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Hanmi Gallery is very pleased to present Junebum Park's videos as part of a special Friday Late night event dedicated to Korean contemporary culture at Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition is created around the concept of the five senses: from soap pottery to bojagi sewing, poetry to straw chairs, and K-pop to experimental gastronomy, the event proposes an exploration of the vibrant landscape of Korean art and design.
Junebum Park's video works are included in this context as they engage in a visual discussion on the restraints of routine, confines of a set societal structure, and the expected submission into roles within these realms. The (in)visible hand of society on individuals and communities becomes apparent where the religious, familial, and cultural conflicts are all attended to. The artist places particular consideration into his home country South Korea and East Asia. By photographing and rearranging commercial advertisements and commodities, Park evokes these pressures, manipulating the hand himself. Constructing impenetrable environments, he holds the presumed cultural and national identities accountable. The fast-forwarded and controlled worlds created in Park's works display the unsettling and automative realities of daily life.
Park has exhibited and held international artist residencies including at the BizArt Center (Shanghai), Schinkel (Berlin), Chinese Arts Centre (Manchester), and Artspace (Sydney). He is the recipient of SIA Media Art Award 2012) and the Grant for International Exchange of Art and Culture, Arts Council Korea (2011). Junebum Park's works are held in public and private collections worldwide including the Zabludowicz Collection (UK), Leeum Samsung Museum of Art (Korea), Gyeonggi Museum of Art (Korea), and Microsoft Art Collection (USA).