Seung Woo Back
26 October - 18 November, 2007
12:00-20:00 open everyday
is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Korean
photographer Seung Woo Back. This exhibition will introduce the
artistfs works in Japan for the first time.
The artist, Seung Woo Back has produced several series of photographs
under a theme which is consistently seen in all Seung Woo Backfs
works. He carefully composes the objects and makes the viewers
get lost in Backfs fantasy of strange, synicall and distorted
"REAL WORLD", which exists in the border in between
reality and unreality.
In this exhibition "REAL WORLD", you will find two series
of works which, in a sense, position in the other extreme.
sReal Worldt is a series of photographs taken in a thema park
in South Korea which features miniatures of world-famous tourism
places. There the fake architectures and realistic Seoulfs landscape
coexist, the rather calm images bring weired sensation and suggest
the envious looks the South Koreans seem to turn towards outside
of the country. Another series,sBlow Upt is a set of enlarged
photographs extracted from the original film taken in North Korea.
Lika a sneak shot, the images play skilfully on their viewersf
voyeuristic interests, on the other hands, reality of the unliaristic
country will be gradually sliped out from the blow-up images,
which are different from the scene we normally see through sometimes
exaggerated reports the mass media bring.
Mixing these two different series togther in one exhibition, we
reveal the ironical fantasy and never-fulfilled wish of the two
coundties and force the most realistic state of the Korean Peninsula
come to the front.
Born in Taejon, South Korea in 1973. Lives and Works in London
and Seoul. Graduated from M.F.A. Photography in Chung Ang University
in 2002, and MA Fine Art and Theory in Middlesex Universitiy,
Lonodn, in 2005.In 2006, Back has held two solo shows, gBlow Uph
at Gana Beaubourg, Paris and g108 Anguishh at On Photography,
Frankfurt, while hefs actively joined in several group shows in
various places such as London, Shanghai, Brussels, Madrid, Cologne
and Blastiva. The image from sReal Worldtwas used for the cover
of the prestigious British pohotography Magazine Portofolio,
and also his latest solo show gReal Worldh at Insa Art Centre,
Seoul in 2007finished with a great success, he is one of the most
notable young Korean photographers,who attracts attentions from
all over the world. Accompanied with this exhibiton, his first
photobook REAL WORLD will be released by FOIL.