2007, Korean Modern Photography Spectrum
Five Projects: Body, Space, Still Life, Landscape, Social
From the February 1st to July 23rd 2007, Trunk Gallery exhibited 2007, Korean Modern Photography Spectrum. Five projectstitled Body, Space, Still Life, Landscape, and Social showed a spectrum of works by contemporary Korean photographers. To counteract narrow-mindedness in galleries only showing prominent artists, a display of representative work by new faces was the primary focus of our exhibition.
A gallery specializing in photography must be trustworthy in its management of work; and it must have an abundance of content. The gallery should also, help in informing society about artists who speak for the aesthetics of this time; select and properly exhibit important works by these artists; provide interpretation of these artists’ work and estimate a work’s quality and worth for the benefit of art collectors. To properly exhibit this abundance, Spectrum was classified by its objects rather than a theme, as we believe contexts surrounding each object could be pointed out, and thus each artist’s disposition could also be revealed.
2007, Korean Modern Photography Spectrum show-cased six artists, including one new artist, in each exhibition, so 30 photographers displayed a wide variety of work. We sincerely thank all the artists who participated.
Subordinate to the concept of mind throughout modernity, the concept of the body has been questioned in photographsthroughout history. Photographers have strived for many years to indicate connectionsamong phenomena expressed through the body. But how has this situation changed? What new ideas are there? Images displaying these changes and ideas were displayed in Spectrum because, what the body can express in this age is visual.
As medium, the body hides and reflects human greed, fantasy, social un/consciousness, and vain daydreams to the outer world. It is a machine of desire, history, custom, and culture, derived from desire and ideology. It will only be set free when we properly converse with the body. Things the body is hiding – the secret stories – can only be revealed through our aesthetic convictions.