Exhibition Dates: Oct 12, 2019 - Jan 11, 2020
Exhibition Venue: The Museum of Photography (서울 한미사진미술관)
Koo Bohnchang is the subject of a solo exhibition titled Incognito, on view at The Museum of Photography, Seoul, through January 11, 2020. Throughout the course of his career, Koo's constant investigation into the possibilities of photography has played a pivotal role in establishing the medium as a major genre of contemporary art in Korea. Since the 1980s, Koo has photographed the urban landscape through the lens of his personal experiences including feelings of alienation in the city, concerns about his identity, and vestiges of a rapidly disappearing past. In this exhibition, a selection of Koo’s major works from the 1980s to the present are on view.
Deeply rooted in the artist’s personal identity, Koo’s photographs capture his experiences of the everyday scenery and the trivial incidents that occur in the city. The photographs depict dilapidated spaces, lonely yet ambiguous landscapes, the breathless chaos of the city, and tokens of bygone memories of what the city used to be. The artist observes quietly from afar and represents a fragmentary image of the time and traces that might disappear or have already, and these images construct Koo’s latent identity and the world that he perceives. A catalogue, which includes 55 color and black-and-white photographs and an essay by the Spanish independent curator Alejandro Castellote, has been published for the occasion of this exhibition.
구본창의 사진 작업들은 일상의 풍경은 물론 소소한 사건이 일어나는 도시에서의 경험을 작가의 정체성을 기반으로 보여준다. 사진에는 허름한 공간과 쓸쓸하면서도 해석이 모호한 풍경, 숨 가쁘게 압박하는 도시의 혼란, 이제는 사라졌을 도시의 기호들이 담겨있다. 작가가 멀리서 홀로 관찰하고, 시간과 흔적을 파편적 이미지로 재현한 작품들은 작가의 숨겨진 자아이자 그가 보는 세상이 된다. 한편 전시와 함께 발간된 사진집에는 작가의 컬러와 흑백 작품 55점, 스페인 독립 큐레이터 알레한드로 카스테요테(Alejandro Castellote)의 글이 수록되어 있다.
[Source from The Museum of Photography website]