It’s easy to take things as they are. We accept the world as it is presented to us, as if that’s how it has always been. We adopt an English name when we are told to and welcome boundaries, both emotional and physical, which have been drawn arbitrarily by some powerful figures, without questioning them. Why? The Korean artist Kyungah Ham is one of the few who dares to challenge the status quo by using her own sarcastic humour and courage to produce works that are not only politically incorrect, but borderline illegal. At this year’s Paris Asian Art Fair, Asia Now, Ham showcased her latest work, Mona Lisa and the others from the North. This brought forward some unusual embroidery works from behind the Iron Curtain, as well as interviews with North Korean defectors that centred on the Mona Lisa, and their stories connected to the broader narrative of their life. Within this narrative, a new metaphysical and three-dimensional structure of the Mona Lisa was formed.
The Korea Artist Prize is the representative annual award for the most promising Korean artists. Established in 2012, the award is co-organi..by theArtro