Space explorers: a photographic journey through Korea’s landscapes
The Whitechapel Gallery’s new show explores physical and metaphorical spaces in Korea through photography
Curated by MA students from the Whitechapel Gallery and London Metropolitan University, a current show at London’s Korean Cultural Centre is an exploration into space – empty space, specifically. Centering on the work of contemporary Korean artists Onejoon Che and Heeseung Chung and their photography of physical and metaphorical spaces, ’Dialogues of Space’ takes us on a journey through the personal and political spaces in Korea’s present social and physical landscape.
While Onejoon Che precisely documents architectural structures, abandoned urban sites and buildings that reflect the ongoing process of socio-political transition in modern Korean society, Heeseung Chung photographs large-scale, intimate and poetic interiors, from the enigmatic Room with Revolving Doors 2, 2014, to the wistful Untitled, 2013, and Triptych Curves, from 2010.
Showcased side by side, the works are intended to open a discourse on both physical and existential conceptions of the Korean landscape, as well as reflecting upon the role of contemporary art in the representation of society.