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Hwayeon Nam, 《Abdominal Routes》

04 Oct 2019 - 15 Mar 2020


Hwayeon Nam, 〈Imjingawa〉, 2017. 24min 16sec, Video. ©Hwayeon Nam.

《Abdominal Routes》 by Hwayeon Nam explores the phenomenon of time. It explores and considers time as a matter of personal experience, but also as a yardstick for history and society. The exhibition comprises a number of video works, sound works and a series of photographs that take over the entire lower floor of Kunsthal Aarhus. Hwayeon Nam has created a new work especially for this exhibition, a collaboration between Kunsthal Aarhus and Art Sonje Center in Seoul, Korea. Hwayeon Nam is interested in the boundaries between individuals and history, between political and cultural heritage. She also explores the social structures that govern us all, investigating time as the system upon which we build our shared reality. Various forms of archival materials often serve as the foundation of her works: she lifts objects, spaces, and people out of their historical context and posits them within our present-day in order to renegotiate their meaning and significance. In so doing, Nam highlights the structures and human desires that underpin cultural translation and, not least, cultural reproduction.

The exhibition was created in collaboration between Kunsthal Aarhus and the Art Sonje Center. In the spring of 2020, some works from 《Abdominal Routes》 will be on display at the Art Sonje Center in Seoul, Korea. The exhibition also marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Korea.

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