The exhibition “Photography Unknown” has been an excellent opportunity to confront my work with the new publics. Here is what the curator of the show, Hyosup Jung, wrote for the opening.
<Photography Unknown> is designed to pay attention to certain artists who develop his or her own independent artistic style not by going along with the main stream of contemporary photography. As the first show of these series <PU#1_Body & Nature> is organized with diverse works of four female artists, Gabriela Huk (1986-), Kaja Dobrowolska (1984-), Lotte Fløe Christensen (1979-), and Kyung Eun Han (1975-).
Since the great invention of photography in the beginning of the 19th century, photography has rapidly become integrated into modern society. As artists depicted people in the backdrop of the society in which they lived, the figures in pictures became the portraiture representation of the times of their own society. In this way, the identities and boundaries of figures in photographs have come to be defined by their social realm, not by their individual realm.
Henceforward, the recognition of human body has been changed gradually according to the flow of times. Eventually, figures of the body began to obtain an individual status divergent from the realm of society. Photographers have tried to take pictures through individual or even subjective interpretation and emotion instead of social phenomenon, and to see human body as an independent object rather than a partial element of typical space. Four artists participating in Photography Unknown #1: Body & Nature consider body in the realm of ‘individual’ and also have been working to involve the society and world in which they live into the individual realm. These artists aim to reflect their introspection by observing certain figures of human body exposed between the subject and itsworld through photography.
Hyosup Jung / Independent Curator