Clayarch Gimhae Museum will present Multiple Realities – Voices in Contemporary Indian Ceramics, an exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and India, from October 7, 2023 to February 25, 2024. The exhibition is sponsored by the Indian Embassy Seoul, ICCR in Republic of Korea, and InKo Centre. It features ceramics, installations, and video works by 17 Indian artists.
The exhibition reintroduces India’s ceramics, which have been marginalized. It has been diminished by the binary logic of fine arts versus crafts, relegating it to a hereditary craft. Understanding India as a place where the past and present are fragmented and refracted, the exhibition allows the viewer to see works that draw from the artists’ personal experiences and the history and reality of India.
The exhibition will utilize the spaces of the Museum’s Dome House. L.N. Tallur’s work is displayed in the central hall, making a strong impression on the viewer immediately upon entry. In conjunction with the exhibition, a seminar on contemporary Indian ceramics and an Indian film festival will also be organized.
From October 5 to 29, SeMA Storage will present Nomel’s Tracking Log, a solo exhibition by JOO SLA (b. 1980). JOO SLA is interested in the fictionalized world of subcultures and uses animation, 3D sculptures, and games as media.
The exhibition starts with a lemon that disappears from the artist’s home one day and shows the process of tracking its whereabouts. In the process of the search, the lemon continues to change and becomes something different from what it was originally known as. The installation work < One day, the lemon yellow disappeared >(2022) embodies this process of recognition. In the work, lemons are presented within a maze-like structure in the form of research information about their origin and distribution, short essays about the disappearance of lemons, and 3D-printed lemons. The interest in the transformability of objects extends beyond lemons to the human body. In the video work < GUMMY > (2023), an uncanny sensation of the body is expressed, stemming from the experience of accidentally swallowing a spider. Sculptures near the video, woven with white thread, recall the fragmented and disparate body.
In this way, Nomel’s Tracking Log traces the metamorphosis of objects and reconsiders our perception of them.
Seongbuk Young Art Space, an annex of Seongbuk Museum of Art, will present Orthodox vs Orthodox, an exhibition featuring Cho Leesop, Choi Ellie, Lee Haeryun, Water-Culture, and Women’s Laptop (Jeong Asaran, Jung Dayoung, Yeon Sung, Leesima, Ji Heekyung), from October 6 to November 30. The exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Seongbuk Young Art Space and will be held in two parts: Part 1 (09.06 – 09.23, 2023) and Part 2 (10.06 – 11.30, 2023). The first part includes a prologue exhibition introducing participating artists and an archival exhibition on women’s rights.
The exhibition sheds light on the tension and creative endeavors that arise when art is subsumed into the realm of orthodoxy while moving towards resistance and subversion. The works in the exhibition develop the theme in different ways. The works on the first floor by Cho Leesop and Choi Ellie are part of the ‘N artist’ program, which supports works with free themes. Based on flowers, Cho Leesop draws attention to how life and nature paradoxically imitate art, while Choi Ellie explores the nature of home and the relationships and events that take place within it. On the second and third floors, viewers can see the works of Women’s Laptop and Lee Haeryun, the selected artists of the ‘NW project’ and Water Culture, an invited artist. They approach the theme of women and technology through sculpture (Jeong Asaran), video (Jung Dayoung, Yeon Sung, Leesima, Ji Heekyung), and newly designed objects (Lee Haeryun).