Sangsun Bae

Sangsun Bae is a Korean Artist based in Kyoto, Japan. A graduate of Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Bae studied for her Doctoral Thesis at Kyoto city University of the Arts, during which time she won a scholarship to study in London at the Royal College of Art. Twice selected for the prestigious VOCA art prize in Tokyo, Bae has shown internationally Europe and throughout Asia and is currently represented by Lee & Bae in Korea. The work of Sangsun Bae is an ongoing exploration of the types of connections that exist between individuals, connections capable of holding relationships, communities and whole societies together, but which are equally susceptible of becoming self-entangled, frayed or of unravelling entirely. In a recent research project Bae chose to investigate the complex historical and emotional ties between Japanese citizens born in wartime, occupied, South Korea, many now in their 80’s and 90’s. By carefully avoiding an overtly political approach, she focuses instead on the deeper nature of human identity and belonging.

  • Education
    • 2008 PhD Candidate, Kyoto City University of the Arts, Kyoto, Japan
      2003 The Royal College of Art (Scholarship), London, UK
      2002 MA Fine Art, MusashinoArt University, Tokyo, Japan
      1997 BA (Ed), Sung Kyun Kwan University of Fine Art, Seoul, Korea
  • Selected Solo Exhibitions
    • 2019 《Layers of time》, Lee & Bae, Busan, Korea
      2019 《Moon-bow》, KyotographyKG+, Kyoto, Japan
      2017 《Repeat & Repeat》, Sfera Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
      2017 《International artist's Solo Exhibition》, CIGE, Beijing, China
      2014 《Over& Over》, Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
      2014 《Line's Echo》, Ujong Museum of Art, Korea
  • Selected Group Exhibitions
    • 2019 《Busan : It exists now as it was then》, Busan Cultural Foundation & F1963, Busan, Korea
      2016 《Daejeon research project A final show》, Daejeon, Korea
      2016 《DMZ project exhibition》, Gangwon-do, Korea
      2015 《Daejeon research project A final show》, Daejeon, South Korea
      2015 《DMZ project exhibition》, Gangwon-do, Korea
      2014 《DMZ project exhibition》, Gangwon-do, Korea
      2014 《Dividing Line, Connecting Line》, Collaboration with Michael Whittle, Zuian-an, Kyoto, Japan
  • Residencies/Awards/
    • Residencies
      2014 Artist Residency, Kyoto Art Center, Japan
      2005 Plein Air Workshop Scholarship, Art Association of Germany and Japan

      2019 KYOTOGRAPHIE『KG+AWARD 2019』, Kyoto, Japan
      2017 Hang Chang-Woo Tetsu Cultural Foundationgrant-in-aid winner
      2008 Shinsegae Gallery Prize, Gwangju, Korea

      The Allen Thomas jnr Collection, USA
      The Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art (Art-Bank), Korea
      The Akino Fuku Museum, Japan
      The Ujong Museum, Korea
      The Kim Chongyung Sculpture Museum, Korea
      The International Suzuki Foundation, Japan
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〈Gordian Knot 5〉, 2011, Charcoal and ink on canvas, 61x73cm. Image Courtesy of the Artist

〈More & Less〉, 2008-2019, Gesso on velvet, 182x368cm. Image Courtesy of the Artist

〈More & Less 2020-03〉, 2020, Gold, powder on velvet, 30x30cm. Image Courtesy of the Artist

〈The Chandelier 2〉, 2018, Archival pigment print, face mount, 160x30cm. Image Courtesy of the Artist

〈The Chandelier 2〉, 2018, Archival pigment print, acrylic on canvas, 162.5x130cm. Image Courtesy of the Artist

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