Shinwook KIM’s (b. 1982) sol exhibition Treasure Island: Haunting Specters will be on view from October 13 to December 31 at Museum Hanmi Samcheong Annex.
Using photography, Kim explores the invisible realms that constitute the world through his observations of the periphery of materials and objects. He is interested in the impact of places, memories, and events on people and their surroundings, and pays attention to things that are invisible but present.
This exhibition tells the story of the Russian warship Dmitri Donskoi, which sank off the coast of Ulleungdo during the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. Based on the fact that the ship was rumored to be a treasure ship in 2018 and used in a fraudulent scheme, the artist draws attention to the fact that a real but unseen sunken ship has real-world implications.
To find clues to this ghost, he visits Ulleungdo, Busan, Gadeokdo, Geojedo, Chwido, and Jeju Island, islands where Japan built military facilities and photographed them. The exhibition also includes related documents and photographs, such as books on the Russo-Japanese War and the grave of Nikonor Bahilin, a navy on the Dmitri Donskoi.
From October 10, 2023, to January 21, 2024, Hoam Museum of Art will present a collection exhibition, Y/OUR Nature, featuring works by five contemporary artists, Roni Horn, Olafur Eliasson, Kimsooja, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Moon Kyungwon. The exhibition proposes to reflect on the value of nature by displaying collections with a theme of nature and the environment.
Olafur Eliasson’s photograph and Roni Horn’s sculptures are set in Icelandic nature. Their works directly show (Olafur Eliasson) or remind (Roni Horn) the viewer of Iceland’s natural landscapes, evoking a sense of the vastness of nature.
In Kimsooja’s video works, views of active volcanos in Guatemala or glaciers in Greenland, the viewer is invited to connect human and natural life by contemplating the principles of nature in the video.
Tiravanija places monuments on the floor with the names, year of extinction, and images of 20 extinct animals engraved in low relief. Viewers can make a tablet out of the monument, and in doing so, they are reminded of the animals that have become extinct due to human development.
In Moon Kyungwon’s park project, < Promise Park Seoul > (2021) is presented as a place to share thoughts and values, opening up the possibility of a meeting based on nature.
Project Jeju 2023, Homo migratio, featuring 27 artists from nine countries, wil take place from September 19 to November 26 centered at the Jeju Museum of Art. ‘Project Jeju’ is held every two years as an alternative to the Jeju Biennale.
The theme of the project is migration and survival. The exhibition presents migration as a solution, not a crisis. It draws on Sonia Shah’s book, The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move (2020), to argue that migration is an age-old human response to survival. In response, the exhibition presents works by artists who have experienced frequent migration. The works are divided into four sections, ‘Historic Migration – Leaving the Island’, ‘Cultural Migration – Immigrating ancestors’, ‘Ecological Migration – Species both native and introduced’, and ‘Accidental Migration – Birthing mutations.’
Besides the Jeju Museum of Art, the exhibition will also feature works at Jeju Stone Park, Jeju Aerospace Museum, and International Peace Center Jeju so that visitors can experience the journey of migration indirectly as they move around Jeju. The Jeju Museum of Art, the main venue, will feature works by 15 artists, Jeju Stone Park will feature works by Yang Sookyun x Kat Austen, the Jeju Aerospace Museum will feature Nam June Paik’s large-scale work, and finally, the International Peace Center Jeju will feature works by Clara Cheung, Young Cheung, and Sammy Lee x M.J. Harding. (Each venue has different locations and operation hours, see the links below for more information.)