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Kyungwoo Chun

Kyungwoo Chun
The Museum Of Photography Seoul
English, Korean


Essay by Park Pyung Jong / 박병종


80 pages
140 x 190 mm
ISBN 978899374850593660


The production of Interpreters, began with Kyungwoo Chun’s delivery of portrait photographs of anonymous person taken in the 1900s to ten European painters living and working in Bremen, Germany. The 1900s marks the first chapter of the history of Korean photography in the late Joseon Dynasty. These painters were asked to represent these unfamiliar figures of the East, their foreign dress from an unknown culture. The photographs were recreated and interpreted into painting and thus reborn in the encounter of four people- the figure in the original photograph, the photographer, the painter and Chun, enclosed in a single image.



About the Artist
Kyungwoo Chun (b.1969 in Seoul) has for many years now been working on photography projects and initiating performances in which the audience is actively involved. Chun attained international recognition through his portraits, many of which have a characteristic blurriness in their movements-the consequence of extended exposure times. As diverse as the artistic approaches seem at a first glance, Chun considers both the performances and the photographs to be in equal measure “visible manifestations of that which is not visible.”


About the Publisher
The Museum of Photography Seoul is a photography museum in Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea.


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