Saturday, October 31, 2009

U·S·B: Emerging Korean Artists, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Nov 5 - Dec 6

Dates:5 November - 6 December 2009
Times:11:00-19:00 (Entrance closing time : 6:00pm)
Where: Hangaram Art Museum
Cost: 2,000won (1,000won per one person for Group over 10 persons)
Websites (English):,

Participant artists: Sunah CHOI, Hongseon JANG, Hyojin JEONG, Donghoon JUN, Taebum HA, Eunok HWANG, Eemyun KANG, Chosil KIL, Jeuno JE KIM, Songhe KIM, Daehun KWON, Changwon LEE, Kakyoung LEE, Sekyung LEE, Sunhwa LEE, Wonho LEE, Youngmi LEE, Hyojun NAM, Asa OH, Jaye RHEE, Eva SHIN, Haeri YOO, Jieun YOON, Sun YOU

Director: Mijin KIM
Curators: Minseok SEO, JW STELLA, Kyongfa CHE

'The Internationality and Locality of Korean Contemporary Art'
Time: Friday, 6 November from 2 pm to 6 pm
Venue: Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center

Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
Nambu Loop Line 2406 (700 Seocho-dong), Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel. +82 (0)2 580 1603 Fax. +82 (0)2 580 1614
Website (Korean and English):

'U·S·B: Emerging Korean Artists in the World 2009' is the contemporary art exhibition which features a collective of 24 new generation of the Korean diaspora artists, who were either born in the 70s or 80s, and based outside Korea: Europe, the Americas and across Asia, working actively within the international art scene but not being exposed to the public in Korea.

The title of the exhibition, 'U·S·B' is a metaphor for connectivity and mobility of these artists who live or travel around the globalized world with changing boarders, merging cultures, the new channels of communication, the growing power of social networks and media, and emerging technologies for ecosystem. Not only the social and cultural environment in which each artist resides, but their proximities to Korea are different: some of the artists were born and grew up in Korea before leaving the country; the others have never or hardly lived in Korea while being a Korean national. The exhibition provides an opportunity to look into their various artistic languages, sensitivities and interests cultivated and transformed through negotiations with diverse social systems, political power and cultural values.

The exhibition gathers more than 100 new and existing works of the artists, of which media encompass painting, video, installation, animation, photography and sculpture. By bringing together their articulations and perspectives, this exhibition aims to portrait not only how travelling and living in between cultures influences the constitution of self, but also the state of negotiation and complexity within a subject, which cannot be embraced by a single national identity.

Getting there: Excellent directions in English at:

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