In The Eye of the Tiger: A Survey of Contemporary Korean Artists
May 28 - July 5, 1997
Yu Yeon Kim
Yook, Tae Jin
Hong, Sung Min
Lim, Young Sun
Yoon, Dong Chun
Lee, Seung Teak
Kim, Young Jin
Lim, Choong Sup
Jo, Sook Jin
Kim, Myoung Hye
Park, Hwa Young
As the inaugural exhibition of Exit Art/The First World's new yearly international program involving artists and curators from around the world, In the Eye of the Tiger presented the work of ten contemporary Korean artists exploring the quest for personal, spiritual and social identity within a traditional culture but an increasingly global and commercial society.
In the Eye of the Tiger featured the work of contemporary Korean artists using new technologies and working in sculpture, installation, photography, and video. Guest Curator Yu Yeon Kim, an independent curator based in New York and Seoul Korea, presented this work with insight into the personal and political issues of Korean identity.
In the present decade, Korean artists have been quick to embrace new technologies of communication and the culture of mass media. The explosive mass-cultural feed of the new information age brings a new kind of awareness and demands a reassessment of national and personal identity. Much of recent Korean art explores the problems of displacement and social alienation, and confronts the cultural stereotypes and preconceptions of "Orientalism." The work often juxtaposes new technologies against traditional Korean iconography in order to explore the complex nature of this contemporary, increasingly global identity.
Guest Curator Yu Yeon Kim has curated numerous exhibitions, including Body Abstract at the Korea Cultural Services and the Sungkok Museum in Seoul. She is one of 6 curators of the Johannesburg Biennial 1997 in South Africa. Yu Yeon Kim is also Co-Founder of Plexus Art and Communication, a non profit internet organization, and is a contributing writer to several Korean art magazines.
Exhibit Archive | 96-97 Calender