The Korean Artists Association UK (KAA) presents its annual exhibition and performance at the Korean Cultural Centre UK in January 2017. The title of the exhibition and performance is ‘I, Kid 우리어릴적’. The exhibition and performance of ‘I, Kid’ displays the artists’ reflection of nostalgic memories of their childhood and a glimpse of who they are now. Their stories tell something personal and Korean, yet universal for us to share.
The exhibition presents 10 exciting new artworks by 18 Korean artists, including 7 guest artists. The display forms and media of the artworks vary greatly from traditional painting to cutting-edge virtual reality. On the opening day of the exhibition, 10 talented performing artists, including 3 guest performers, will present reflective works on their childhood.
The exhibition and performance are generously sponsored by Korean Cultural Centre UK and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.
This exhibition features a number of Korean artists who are members of Korean Artists Association UK: Bupjeon Sunim | Soon Yul Kang | Sung Young Park | Yong Min Cho
OPENING EVENT: Friday 29th April 2016, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Opening night performance from international dancer and choreographer Yong Min Cho
Opening night ritual led by celebrant Sophie Bold
EXHIBITION: 29th April – 5th May 2016, Daily 10am to 6pm
VENUE: Aberglasney House and Garden | Llangathen | Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH | [Map]
East meets Welsh as first international contemporary art exhibition at Aberglasney House explores the sacred:
Leading Welsh artists featured including Clive Hicks-Jenkins and Sarah Rhys
International artists including Sung Young Park, Soon Yul Kang and Ezio Cicciarella
Established and emerging artists including Jonathan McCree, Joshua May and Jojo Taylor
Street Artists including Joyce Treasure, Carlos Cashiero and founder of Street Art collective Psychodoodlz, Marc Craig
Outsider artists including Swci Delic, Johnny and Stucky
Shamanic artists including Imelda Almqvist and Ingress Vortices
Alan Williams |Ally Jay Phillips | Billy Moore | Birthe Nissen | Bupjeon Sunim | Carlos Cashiero | Cecilia Rouncefield | Celia Dowson | Chae Hee Jung | Chang Sook Lee | Clive Hicks-Jenkins | Erica Frances George | Ezio Cicciarella | Fiona Sant | Giusi Tomasello | Graham Ward | Imelda Almqvist | Ingress Vortices | INK | Jeon Je-woo | JFM Masson | Jocelyn Chaplin | Johnny | Jojo Taylor | Jonathan McCree | Joshua May | Joyce Treasure | Lawrence Nash | Lu Wray | Marc Craig | Mark Timmins | Miche Follano | Oliver Ashworth-Martin | Peter Hanmer | Philippa Sibert | Sarah Rhys | Soon Yul Kang | Stucky | Sung Young Park | Suzanne Rees Glanister | Svetlana Bogatcheva | Swci Delic | Tina Reid | Vidyakaya | Yong Min Cho | Young Jin Choi | Zara Kuchi
Soon Yul Kang is appearing in a solo exhibition in Rome. The exhibition LIGHT POETRY, curated by Vittoria Biasi at LA NUOVA PESA contemporary art gallery in Rome, is two solo shows one by Soon Yul Kang a Korean artist based in London and the second by Andrea Santarlasci an Italian artist based in Pisa.
Soon Yul Kang shows a meditative hand writing work on linen canvas with the Korean word 사랑[sarang] (LOVE) repeatedly, also paper collage works hand written with the Korean words 마음 (Heart/Mind), 사랑 (Love), 엄마 (Mother) on Korean mulberry paper Hanji and a photography work titled Mother’s Pray (Cheongwhasoo 정화수).
LA NUOVA PESA
Contemporary Art Gallery LIGHT POETRY
17 February – 1 April Andrea Santarlasci – Soon Yul Kang
Curator: Vittoria Biasi
Mallarmé compared the written word to the power of a starry sky, thereby opening up the possibility of a communion between light and poetry, this becoming the aura of craftsmanship, elaborated by man’s rituality around the luminous sign. It is from personal experience, ‘enlightened’ by history, that the project of the exhibition ‘The Light and the Poet’ originated, through the creative – ritualistic meeting of artists Andrea Santarlasci and Soon Yul Kang: it is a conscious dialogue between the twentieth century of the West and the rituality of the East, lived as an aesthetic possibility faced with the inexpressible, contained in the manifestation of light and its writing. The distance between the borderlines of these two ways of expression is the space-time in which light organises its creative tension.
According to Soon Yul Kang, writing is a moment of poetic and dramatic standstill, where something empties itself of its subjectivity, to acquire a rhythm which goes immeasurably beyond its own boundaries. The ritual repetition of words marks the historical path that humankind has to travel through day in and day out, to gain steady interior mobility as in a Zen meditation.
For Andrea Santarlasci, shadow is the constant manifestation on the other side of the cone of light, as seen in the relationship between knowledge and its inexhaustible conquest. The loss of the relationship between the object and its shadow pushes imagination towards the threshold of research and memory.
Both projects, through different paths, are reflections on the ethereal origin of the symbol, which transmigrates from the elusive world of ideas to the terrestrial realm, finding its harbour and its boundaries on the thresholds of white and light; they also reflect on its trans-cultural value, which crosses the histories of all countries with different configurations and conveys systems which are in a constant state of change and mutation.
The Korean Artists Association(KAA) UK present its annual showcase at the Korean Cultural Centre UK in July 2015. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Arirang’. We will explore this strong, meaningful theme with a varied exhibition of art pieces, plus performances using a combination of traditional Korean instruments alongside western instruments, making for and exciting fusion of music. We will also be holding a special workshop at the end where you can participate and gain an understanding of the deep meaning of ‘Arirang’.
EXHIBITION: 7th – 27th July 10am – 6pm (Sat 11am – 5pm, Sun closed)
Venue: Korean Cultural Central Centre UK
Grand buildings 1-3 strand, London WC2N 5BW
(Entrance on Northumberland Ave) www.kccuk.org.uk
Ima Studio is pleased to present a group exhibition at Four Corners. The exhibition contains work from an international group of young artists exhibiting and exploring the medium of painting and photography. The exhibit consists of work by artists PARMINDERJIT BHANGOO, DONGMIN HAN, SAMANTHA Y. HUANG, JEEEUN HONG, KATE KIM, JUNG HYUN SUK, JOSHUA LAPENA, SUJEONG PAIK, CRISTINA PRUDENTE, and will also include work by the non-profit social enterprise LENSATIONAL.
P+P is informed by the thought that when the camera was first introduced, photography was considered a new technology to replace the medium of painting. Thus, painters and even the public predicted that photography would lead to the ceasing of the painted form. Contrary to their expectations, painting and photography have developed independently, each assuming unique identities. Photography never eclipsed painting, instead the two forms started to respond to each other. To demonstrate how the boundaries within art blur, this exhibition explores the intersection and overlapping of painting and photography.
Parminderjit Bhangoo’s minimalist work is an intriguing mix of line and intention. They are equal parts literal representations of the subject matter as much as they are puzzles waiting to be explored.
Dongmin Han uses hanji-like photo paper, photo emulsion liquid, and applies brush strokes to create an unusual effect of the end image lying somewhere between photo and painting.
Jeeeun Hong’s work aims to create a personal sanctuary. Inspired by her own search, and using a variety of mediums, she also invites the viewer to find their own sanctuaries.
Samantha Y. Huang’s photographs are performance-based interpretations of paintings that start with the idea of the person being the canvas.
Kate Kim uses fairy tales as her subject matter. In this exhibition she uses the white rabbit as the main focus for exploring a theme of innocence.
Jung Hyun Suk’s photographic work is both about the traditions of a Korean Funeral Ceremony and the beauty of the landscape. He emphasises symbolism and colours to guide narrative.
Joshua Lapena investigates the relationship with space, specifically the relationship we make with neutral/empty space.
SuJeong Paik’s series of paintings ask us to look again at the idea of imperfection, arguing that embracing imperfection is fundamental to our self-satisfaction, and more important than the pursuit of imperfection.
Cristina Prudente uses photography in a non-traditional approach and explores the public communities of the everyday.
For P+P Ima Studio is proud to invite the support, and exhibit the work, of Lensational – a non-profit social enterprise that aims to empower marginalised women in developing regions through participatory photography programmes. This particular project at P+P showcases Hong Kong from the lenses of Indonesian and Filipino domestic helpers. Photography here is used as an analogy to describe the state of mind for these domestic helpers who are in transition. Every time when a shutter is clicked, it signifies uncertainty.
Marisol Lee (violin) and MinJung Baek (piano) will be performing two recitals on 20 and 21 April: a lunchtime recital at the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo, which bills itself as “the most intimate and unique event space in central London”, with the programme repeated the next day (with a bonus item) at the Royal Academy of Music for Marisol Lee’s Advanced Diploma Recital:
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major, Op.12 No.2 (both recitals) Schubert: Violin Sonata in A major, D.574 “Grand Duo” (both recitals) Ysaÿe: Sonata for solo violin, op.27 no.4 (21 April only) Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No.2 in D major, Op.94bis (both recitals)
Pianist MinJung Baek studied at the prestigious Accademia pianistica di Imola in Italy with Leonid Margarius and Mannes college of Music in NYC with Jerome Rose before moving to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama on a full scholarship under the guidance of Ronan O’Hora. Since winning her first competition at the age of five in her native country, South Korea, she has won more than fifty Korean national competitions such as Wol-Eum, Cho-Sun Ilbo, Music Education News (Grand Prize), Eum-ak Chun-chu, Eum-Youn, Han-Kook Ilbo and, later, she also collected an impressive array of top prizes in international competitions, including Skokie Valley in USA, Giuliano Pecar, Ernesto Falla, Concorso Nuovi Orizzonti, Jacque Samuel, Pietro Argento, Rachmaninov and the European Beethoven Gold Medal in London (2012).
MinJung made her first public recital at the age of eight in Seoul, and her orchestra début aged 10 with Busan Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 as the winner of the young artist audition. Since then, sensitive touch, expressive playing and strong charismatic charm have led her to perform extensively throughout in USA (Steinway Hall in NYC, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Mixon Hall in Cleveland, Notre Shore Center for performing Arts), all major theatres in Italy, Ukraine, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Japan, Romania, Spain, Korea and UK and also has been broadcast on KBS, Rai, ITV, PBS, WQXR and the Ukraine national radio.
MinJung has also collaborated with prestigious orchestras around the world and within the UK, has performed recitals in major venues such as Wigmore Hall, Purcell room, Warwick Arts Centre, Benjamin Britten Theatre, Milton Court, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Barbican Hall and at City of London, Dartington Music and Brighton festivals.
In March 2015 she moved back to Seoul to take up a teaching position, which she holds alongside her performing career and is looking forward to giving her début concerts and masterclass in Edinburgh, Bangkok, Malaysia and Moscow in September.
Jee OH (오지현) will be participating in a panel discussion on ‘THE BOTTOM LINE: BEAUTY, BODY IMAGE AND TEENAGE GIRLS’ organised by the Pan Asian Women’s Association.
Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015 at 6.30PM
Venue: The Nehru Centre (TNC), 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF
The Bottom Line: Beauty, Body Image and Teenage Girls
PAWA Panel in partnership with the Nehru Centre
Wednesday, 4 March
6.30pm Panel Discussion. 7.45pm Drinks Reception. 8.15pm End The Nehru Centre | 8 South Audley St | London W1K 1HF
What is the definition of female beauty and who chooses what makes us “beautiful”? A globalised world and the internet age has led to a transformation of how we view female beauty which is having a profound impact on young girls everywhere. In the past, beauty was defined by individual culture — for good or ill. It was a concept born of local tradition, history and aesthetics. Yet in the social media age we have moved towards a standardised concept of beauty being imposed on young girls and women worldwide. From selfies to magazines to websites, we see the cult of size zero, overt sexualisation and a Westernised ideal being sold to girls everywhere.
The Pan Asian Women’s Association (PAWA) and Nehru Centre will host a panel discussion to explore who defines beauty in the internet age? How has the concept of beauty shifted from one rooted in culture towards a universal ideal? Thirdly, we will explore how this development is impacting on our girls’ lives — encouraging eating disorders, skin whitening treatments and increased use of plastic surgery. Our conversation will take us from Europe to China, Korea, India and beyond.
Beauty is a business all about the bottom line: profit. So, how can we as women change the business model by producing editorial content that refuses to conform to the stereotype and celebrates women of all shapes, colours and sizes?
CHAIR: Edna Fernandes
Edna Fernandes is author of Holy Warriors and The Last Jews of Kerala. She is former Special Correspondent for the Mail on Sunday, former Financial Times foreign correspondent and Reuters Westminster correspondent. Her books were finalists for the Index on Censorship prize, India’s Crossword literary prize and chosen as a Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year in 2009. Currently, she’s working on a new book.
Yang-May Ooi is an acclaimed writer/ performer. Her solo show Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes explores female desirability, identity and empowerment through the interwoven stories of foot-binding in China and Yang-May’s own search for her sexual identity. The sell-out show returns to London’s West End in Nov/ Dec 2015.
Jee OH is a designer and New Media artist. She is currently doing her doctoral research at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her principal research interests are in women’s experiences with network media of which she creates aesthetic representations in physical forms. Her artworks were exhibited at art venues in Austria, London, South Korea, Slovenia, USA and Singapore.
Sally Gloyne is an educator and publisher of T! magazine, aimed at teenage girls aged 14-18. T! breaks the mould of teen magazines– it’s a subscription and online lifestyle magazine written and produced by girls for girls. It takes a fresh look at beauty and style and encourages girls to make a difference to the world. As one reader puts it: “T! is different. It revolves around real people and focuses on what we really want to read.”
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Pan Asian Women’s Association | 620A Kings Road | London SW6 2DU
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PAWA is UK registered charity focused on a single purpose: to support teenage girls education in Asia. PAWA’s aim is to raise funds for selected grass root projects which directly benefit girls education in Asia. Evidence shows that educating girls is the most effective way to fight poverty. www.pawa-london.org
The Nehru Centre (TNC) acts as the cultural wing of The High Commission of India in UK. Established in 1992, it is regarded by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) as its flagship cultural centre abroad, and has, over the years, emerged as a premier institution engaged in India’s cultural interface with UK. www.nehrucentre.org.uk
Soon Yul Kang is participating in the fourth edition of the End of the World Biennale (La Bienal del Fin del Mundo) held in Mar del Plata in Argentina. The Biennale invited 140 artists from 35 countries and five continents. The theme of the Biennale, titled “Contrasts & Utopias”, has been organized by the artistic director Massimo Scaringella with curatorial teams of Vittoria Biasi, Ricardo Cadenas, Fortunata Calabrò, Alessandro Demma, Micol Di Veroli, Loredana Manca, Justo Pastor Mellado, Rafael Raddi, Daniel Rangel, Yin Rong. The Biennale exhibitions and other events take place in various locations, Ushuaia in Argentina, the Chilean cities of Valparaíso and Punta Arenas and continue until March 2015.
Soon Yul Kang completed a circular form of diameter 180cm on the white wall creating a meditative atmosphere with her hand writing of the Korean word of 사랑 [sarang] (LOVE) repeatedly. She shows it in conjunction with two panels of paper collage works of the words of AMOR and LOVE and seven small offerings as white prayer.
“My work explores how the concept of white is used as a fundamental and universal symbol of pure love. White is the colour most often associated with innocence, purity, freshness and new beginnings. It is the opposite of black and contrasts light with darkness, day with night and good with evil. White is interpreted similarly in Eastern and Western cultures. Understanding the symbolic meanings of white in the circle of life, whether it is for birth, marriage or death is at the core of understanding pure love. Love is central to living in modern civilised society, love for nature, love of society, love of one’s religion, love between countries and races and love between individual human beings. In the modern world we use all kinds of technology to communicate, but it is still only by using our hand to write the words do we really convey a sense of feeling and intimacy. Concentration on circular form through the hand writing of the word LOVE (사랑 in Korean) repeatedly is a ritual as ZEN meditation practice towards awakening.”
The 4th End of the World Biennale 2014 / 2015 delves into cultural, environmental and ecological topics for the purpose of generating interdisciplinary spaces for thought, for which it was created in 2007 and further carried forward in the successive 2009 and 2011 editions. This edition, held at venues in Argentina and Chile, will open the section of the Argentine city of Mar del Plata on December 12, 2014 through to February 22, 2015. In addition, an Agreement on Environment and Contemporary Art will be entered into on February 7 in the most southern city in Argentina, Ushuaia. In turn, the section in the Chilean city of Valparaíso will be opened on January 31 and will last until March 31, 2015, while the section of the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas will be opened from February 3 through March 31, 2015.
This fourth edition, titled “Contrasts & Utopias“, pursues and strengthens the inquiries from previous editions into contemporary issues, in order to suggest new contributions to our motto —“thinking, at the end of the world, what other world is possible”—, and is part of the project called “South Pole for Arts, Sciences, Tourism & Ecology”.
The4th End of the World Biennialwill witness the participation of about 140 international artists from 35 countries, with side events and actions promoting culture and tourism, and with Italy as the guest of honor.
Alberto Grottesi Errazu Artistic Director
Vittoria Biasi, Ricardo Cadenas, Fortunata Calabrò, Alessandro Demma,Micol Di Veroli, Loredana Manca, Justo Pastor Mellado, Rafael Raddi, Daniel Rangel, Yin Rong
Argentine Ministry of Culture
Argentine Ministry of Social Development
Ministry of Tourism
Municipality of General Pueyrredón – Mar del Plata – Batán
Mar del Plata Department of Culture
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation – “Italia’s Year in Latin America”
Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism
Italian Embassy in Argentina
IGAV – Garuzzo Institute for Contemporary Art
Rome Academy of Fine Arts Supported by
National Music Institute (Argentina)
Obras Sanitarias S.E. MGP and Ceramic School Rogelio Yrurtia (Mar del Plata)
Italian Culture Institute in Buenos Aires – Korean Cultural Center in Buenos Aires
University of Delaware (USA) – Department of Art Office of Undergraduate Research
Arts and humanities research Counsil AHRC (United Kingdom)
Yokohama College of Art & Design and World Art and Culture Exchange (Japan)
Elinn Light and Moto Identity Design Group (Korea) – United Overseas Bank UOB (Thailand)
Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Marta (Colombia)
Prometeo Gallery of Ida Pisani at Milano (Italy)
Scarlatti : Two sonatas
Chopin : Polonaise-Fantasie Op.61
Rachmaninov : Etude-Tableau in C minor Op33 no 3
Rachmaninov : Variations on a theme of Corelli Op 42
Alena Lugovkina (flute)
Andrey Lebedev (guitar)
Pujol: Suite Buenos Aires
Nelegatti: Tres Temas Argentinas
Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
The winner of 2012 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition, MinJung Baek was born in South Korea, and by eleven she had won fifty Korean national competitions. Later, she won top prizes at several international piano competitions including the 2012 Ernesto Falla, the 2012 Concorso Nuovi Orizzonti and 2006 the Rachmaninoff Piano Competition, which led to concerts playing Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos nos 1 & 2 & the Paganini Rhapsody in one concert, in both Ukraine and Italy. She made her orchestral debut when aged 10, and since then has performed and broadcast extensively all over the world. Recent highlights include her UK debut at the prestigious venues including Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. She completed her Master of performance with distinction and the prestigious Artist Diploma as a full scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and also studied at Mannes college of Music in New York, and Artist Diploma at the world famous Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col maestro” di Imola, Italy.
London School of Economics
Thursday 13 November 2014, 1.05-2pm
Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building, Houghton Street (Off the Aldwych [Map])
F.Chopin – Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
D.Scarlatti – Sonata in C major, K.159 & in G major, K.427
F.Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S.178
M.Ravel – La Valse
Winner of the 2012 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition and a performer in music festivals around the world as soloist and chamber musician
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The Korean Artists Association UK (KAA) presents its annual showcase at the Korean Cultural Centre in August 2014. The theme of this year’s event is Korea Chronicles. Generally, Chronicles are a historical account of facts and events set in chronological order as in a timeline. This has inspired the KAA to show the development of the arts and music of Korea from traditional to contemporary, and with some historical figures.
Ji Eun Jung – kayagum
Yoon Seok Shin – piano
Hye Lim Kim- daegum
Sung Min Jeon – guitar
So Hyun Park – piano
Min Hee Cho – flute
Jeung Hyun Choi – percussion
Sabrina Kim – piano
Hye Kyung Park – poet
Joon Ki Hong – DJ
Hyung Soo Yim – chef
Eun Jung Kim – geomungo
with Guest Musicians Dayena Song (kayagum) and Sung Young Ji & Gina Ha-Gorlin (percussion)
Soon Yul Kang
Tae Hyung Kim
Jeong Min Moon
Bo Ram Lee
Dong Hoon Choi
Woo Hyeon Kwon
Sang Mee Jang
Kitty Jun Im