Barakat Contemporary presents three solo exhibitions of Korean artists at No. 9 Cork Street: Yunchul Kim, representative of the 2022 Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion, Chung Seoyoung, a defining sculptor of the Korean contemporary art scene since the 1990s, and Sojung Jun, awardee of the 18th Hermes Foundation Missulsang.
Yunchul Kim has shown the potential for imagining and creating a different kind of reality beyond the realm of human experience, based on his explorations into the essence of materials as the foundation of all things. His artistic body of work is a journey through a dynamic world of undulating light and flowing materials, and it also represents the moment where physical properties of matter, usually suspended and unseen, manifest in new ways through a sense of their depth.
Chung Seoyoung works with her sculptural investigation on the by-products, which the artist refers to as “social evidence”, that came from the reorganising structure of Korean society. Through her practice, the distinctive presence of these objects in the context of the country’s industrialisation is often resolved and revealed by traditional methodologies of sculptural practice.
Using the language of video and writing, Sojung Jun is interested in creating a nonlinear space-time to awake a new awareness of history and the present or in how the changes made in physical boundaries penetrate daily sensorial experiences. In particular, she has produced works that weave with her personal experiences by paying attention to people standing on the boundary amid the ruins of modernity and invisible voices.