Filmic Dialogue with Yunjoo Kwak and Igor Sevcuk

ARTTALK: Contemporary Korean Art Today

The Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings,
1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW
Main Entrance on Northumberland Avenue

Monday 4 April


Free. RSVP +44(0)20 7004 2600

Yunjoo Kwak presents the first UK film screening of works which were developed during her recent residency in London at the invitation of The Otolith Collective.

This special talk will begin with a double feature of screenings which present a number of short films produced by Yunjoo and Igor including The Triumph of the Will (7min), Autobiography of Solitude_Mountains (3min), and Icelandic Grass (5min). Through the presentation of these experimental films the artists will interrelate their filmic practices on a range of different topics including ideology, displacement, self-exile, testimony, violence, and collective memory. In doing so, the artists will intertwine the histories of their former homelands, its ideologies, and personal episodes that form the background for their art. Coming from ideologically different sides of the world and now residing in the European Union, the personal stories of the two artists’ journeys resonate with the current migrant stories we see in the news. As such, by retracing their journeys and finding the way out of ideological traps, they carry a dialogue within their video practice that intensifies the sense of self and encourages greater interaction between persons.

After the screenings Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar will explore questions emerging from the artists’ filmic practice. The discussion will consider the relation of historical and biographical narratives of the exilic to formal and medial questions of narration, speculation, archive and futurity.

Yunjoo Kwak
Yunjoo Kwak (Seoul, South Korea) lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied and taught on the MFA at the Korean National University of Art, Seoul, 2008 and Dutch Art Institute/ ArtEZ, Arnhem, 2011. Her works have been exhibited in a number of different public venues including Studium Generale Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, FrDFench Cultural Centre in Seoul, Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Brain Factory, Hanmi Museum of Photography in Seoul, and Seoul Museum of Art. Her works often deal within the notion of ‘performativity’ as practising political and aesthetic strategy in various mediums; film, performance, photography and publication.

Igor Sevcuk
Igor Sevcuk (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina) lives and works in Amsterdam where he has resided for many years. After receiving his MA in 2000 from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, he was awarded first prize for film and video, de Prix de Rome 2002. He further developed his art practice throughout 2004/2005 at the residency de Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In 2010 he moved to Amsterdam, where he founded and co-organised the artist-led space Goleb. He has presented his works at, among other places, Westfaelischer Kunstverein in Münster, Art Space JungMiSo in Seoul, Kunstverein in Frankfurt, Gallery Sign in Groningen, Living Art Museum in Reykjavik, International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam, Kunsthall in Bergen, Museum het Valkhof in Nijmegen, Museum am Ostwall/ hART ware in Dortmund and Institut Néerlandais in Paris.

Korean Cultural Centre UK
Since being opened by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in January 2008, under the jurisdiction of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the KCCUK has presented year-round exhibition programmes, film festivals as well as traditional and contemporary musical performances. From the KCCUK’s central London location (just off Trafalgar Square), the institution’s dedicated cultural team work to further develop established cultural projects, introduce new opportunities to expand Korean programmes in the UK and to encourage ongoing cultural exchange.

Autobiography of Solitude, film still, 2016 - work in progress. Courtesy and copyright Yunjoo Kwak

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