• Hyunjoo Byeon Curator

    Byeon Hyun-joo is currently working as the director of the Exhibition Team of Kukje Gallery, Seoul, where she organizes exhibitions for artists such as Park Chan-kyong, Ahn Kyuchul, U Sunok, and Kwon Young-Woo. From 2011 to 2013, Byeon was an assistant curator at Art Sonje Center where she worked for exhibitions including Simon Fujiwara (2013), Shinro Ohtake (2012–2013), Lee Bul (2012), Hein-kuhn Oh’s Middlemen (2012), and Abstract Walking – Sora Kim Project (2012). Additionally, she has worked independently to curated shows including Tourist’s Dream (Project Space 2 at Iniva, London, 2010); Jason Underhill’s Sing Your Heart Out, part of Event Horizon, GSK Contemporary (Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2008–2009); Flexible Aura (Brain Factory, Seoul, 2009); and Visual Vocabulary – Between Words and Images (The Gallery at Willesden Green, London, 2008). Byeon has earned her MFA in curating from Goldsmiths, University of London, and double-majored business administration and art history at Ewha Womans University, Seoul. She has lectured at colleges, translated Curating Subjects (Open Editions, 2007) for its Korean edition that was co-published by The Hyunsil Publishing and Samuso: Space for Contemporary Art in 2013, and contributed texts on contemporary art including co-authoring the publication Curating Research (de Appel /Open Editions, 2014).

  • Dong-Yeon Koh Critic

    Dong-Yeon Koh received her PhD in art history and a doctorate certificate in film theory from the City University of New York in 2006. After returning to South Korea, Koh worked as a co-director of the Gallery Art 2021 (2008–2010) and served as a critic and mentor in numerous art residencies and museums in South Korea. Her academic and critical writings have been published in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Routledge, 2010, 2013), Flash Art, Modern Art Asia, and Photography and Culture (Bloomsbury, 2015). Her recent books include Respond! Artists (ONewWall, 2016) and Pop Art and American Society in the 1960s (Noonbit, 2015). She is currently working on the book From Softpower to Goods: Alternative Forms of Exhibitions and Populist Artistic Practices in Post-1990s East Asian Art.

  • Byun Yoonhee Artist

    Byun Yoonhee graduated from Duksung Women's University with a bachelor's degree in fine arts and a master's degree in Asian painting. She held four solo exhibitions since her debut in 2008 with the exhibition Her Appetite: Appetite Stress. Based on her observations of daily life and her own experiences, her paintings express images of human beings living in various forms of universal lives.

  • Everyware Artist

    Bang Hyunwoo, half of the creative computing duo Everyware, graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He worked as an assistant professor in the same department until last fall. Heo Yunsil also graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in Korean language and design, then studied media art in the US. Oasis, Memoirs, Soak, Cloud Pink, and The Wall are some of their most famous works. They have been invited to numerous galleries including the National Museum of Art in Tokyo, Ars Electronica Center in Austria, and Victoria and Albert Museum in England.

  • HYBE Artist

    HYBE, the interactive media artist collective made by Han Changmin and Ryu Sunwoong, was selected as the winner of the DaVinci Idea Contest in 2011 and 2012. The contest is held annually at Geumcheon Art Factory to help artists discover new possibilities through the combination of art and technology. They presented Light Tree: Interactive Dan Flavin and IRIS for the contest, and, currently, they are participating in Geumcheon Art Factory's Artist Residency Program. Also, Leaf was exhibited in the Old Seoul Station, and In Between was shown in Media City Seoul. HYBE's goal in the future is to continuously engage people with experience-focused interactive media works that converge technology and art, experiment and utility. In addition, they intend to “converge” their work into existing industrial fields such as architecture. The group also aims to present something that can have a positive impact on life and society with their artistic and useful imagination, even if that impact may be minimal.

  • Keem Cheongjin Artist

    Keem Cheongjin majored in painting at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Hansung University and was selected as one of the new artists to receive support from Arts Council Korea in 2008. He held solo exhibitions titled A Delicious Dinner or Not at the KT Art Hall in 2008 and Gallery Lux in 2009. He participated in the Gunsan Art Residency Program in 2011 and since 2012 has been involved in the project Curry Timer. Keem is also part of the collective 25hr sailing, in which he is able to show a different facet of his work. The group held their first exhibition, Coordinates Sent from Anchorage, at Art Space Pool in 2012.

  • Hyunjoo Heaven Baek Artist

    After graduating from Australia's RMIT University in 2006 with a degree in media art, Hyunjoo Heaven Baek received her master's degree from the UK's Glasgow School of Art in 2009. She returned to Korea in 2009 and participated in residency programs in Ssamzie Farmer Residency in Hongcheon, Gangwon-do; Seoul Art Space Geumcheon; Hangar in Spain; and the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM). In 2013, she was selected by Arts Council Korea to hold a solo exhibition as one of the emerging artists of the year to be fostered by the next generation artistic talent supporting project.

  • Ahn Jun Artist

    Ahn Jun studied art history at the University of Southern California (USC), then majored in photography for her graduate studies at the Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design in New York. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Korea and abroad since her first showing in 2008 at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, and she has held four solo exhibitions so far. She was selected as one of the photographers in the Belt Competition 2012, and in 2013 she became the only Korean to be selected as one of the 20 remarkable photographers in the UK's prestigious photography magazine British Journal of Photography. In addition, her photographs garnered much attention from various media around the world including the Guardian in the UK, Foreign Policy in the US, Spiegel in Germany, and Libration in France.

  • Taedong Kim Artist

    Taedong Kim studied photography at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Chung-Ang University in Korea. In 2016, Kim was selected as a “noticeable photographer of the year” by the Ilwoo Foundation. He won several awards including the 4th Ilwoo Photography Award, the Light of the Academy award from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in China, and the JUMF (Juan Media Festival) Certificate of Merit and was a finalist for the SKOPF (Sangsangmadang Korean Photographer’s Fellowship) Award. Kim held his solo exhibition Day-Break-Days, the winning project of the Ilwoo Photography Award, in 2013 and the self-titled exhibition Kim Taedong as part of the Gallery Lux Young Artist Support Program in 2012. His group exhibitions include Young Korean Artists in 2013 and Fotofest International Discoveries 4 in 2013. He has also released photography books Day Break/Break Days in 2013 and Vision New Voices 2013, published by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea.

  • Okin Collective (Artists’ group) Artist

    Okin Collective is an artists' group, which consists of Joungmin Yi, Hwayong Kim, Shiu Jin, named after Okin Apartment complex in Jongnogu, Seoul, where in which the first group project was held. And Sindae Kang is working together as a guest artist in 2017.

    The inaugural project, ‘Okin Apartments Project’ was stemmed from a visit to one of the artist member who lived in the complex where was to be demolished in July, 2009. The decision of redevelopment was abrupt so the tenants did not have enough time to prepare their move out. The project composed of researches the stories on the site including: the tenants’ unfortunate situation during the eviction process for the redevelopment project, traces left by the former residents, symbolic values of the modernist buildings, and historicity of the surroundings.

    According to the artists of Okin Collective, art’s role in society is to offer new perspectives on reality. They create hybrid situations through complex matrix of appropriation, pastiche, discovery of sites, borrowed linguistic fragments and different methods of practice. The improvisational quality of their practice offers an alternative way of working defined by cooperation and respect for difference, and the flexibility required for collaborative production is directly demonstrated in the structure of their works.

    The group has organized various projects, performances and exhibitions since its inception, including its solo show entitled Okin OPEN SITE at Okin apartments, Seoul(2010). It has participated in "Life, No Peace, Only Adventure" at Busan National Museum of Art(2011), "Open Hangar"(Spain, 2012), "Truth is Concrete"(Austria, 2012), "Acts of Vocing" at Total Museum(2013), “Festival Bo:m 2014”, "10th Gwangju Biennale(2014)”, “ARTEFACT FESTIVAL 15,”(STUK, Belgium, 2015), “Rien ne va plus? Faites vos jeux!,”(de Appel art centre, 2016) and more. They have been running Okin Collective Internet radio station [STUDIO+82](http://okin.cc) since September 2010.

  • Keum Hyewon Artist

    Keum Hyewon earned her BFA and MFA at Ewha Womans University in Korea. She held her first solo exhibition on Korea’s redevelopment in 2008. Through several other solo exhibitions at Song-Eun Gallery in 2009 and at Ilmin Museum of Art in 2011, Keum has continued to present her photography on cities. She has been actively participating in residencies and group exhibitions both domestically and abroad. Keum won the 12th Daum Prize from the Parkgeonhi Foundation in 2013.

  • Heo Suyoung Artist

    Heo Suyoung earned his BFA and MFA in plastic arts at Seoul National University of Science and Technology in Korea. He started his work as an artist with the solo exhibition The Smaller Majority and a residency program. Heo has held four solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions. The artist presents intensive paintings which catalog and overlap integrated images of his everyday life.

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