Keum Hyun Han

Contemporary Korean Photography:

How Artists Use a Photographic Sensibility to Produce New Knowledge

 

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This lecture focuses on the intersection of Korean contemporary photography— a rapidly expanding, dynamic field of practice—and postmodern theories of representation from the critique of an image's relationship to reality to its intertextuality. She will talk of the work of five contemporary Korean photographers: Seung Woo Back, Sangil Kim, KOO Sung Soo, NOH Suntag, and Hein Kuhn OH. The work of these artists represents new sense of knowledge for the way their photographs bring the artist's gaze and sense into dialogue with contemporary debates concerning Korea's newfound economic and political power in the world arena, and the cultural upheavals this development has produced. Korean photographers are actively participating in the production of a critical visual culture that explores problems of knowledge and cultural identity