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Opening Reception: Thursday, 13 September 2018 | 6 – 8 PM

Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to present Citizen's Forest, a solo exhibition by Park Chan-Kyong. The multi-disciplinary artist utilizes film, video and photography to examine the complex social and political history of South Korea. His work pays particular attention to Korea’s enduring folk traditions and shamanism as well as the profound impact of the Korean War and subsequent partition of North and South. On view 13 September – 13 October 2018, the exhibition includes two video works and a series of photographs by the Seoul-based artist. This is Park’s second solo show in New York; his first exhibition at the gallery was in 2016.

Situated in the front gallery is Child Soldier (2017 – 2018), a series of photographs and film stills that depict North Korean soldiers doing everyday activities. While seemingly innocuous, Park’s images suggest that young soldiers in the North Korean People’s Army may not be as ideologically rigid as portrayed. Instead Park depicts the young men as ordinary, lazy and innocent, wandering in the forest, reading and listening to music. This reimagination of daily life forces the viewer to move beyond propagandistic depictions and confront the stark ideologies that govern contemporary Korean society. Child Soldier begs the question: Is there an image of North Korea that is free of ideology, politics, or war?

Gallery two features the critically acclaimed video Citizen’s Forest (2016), a three-channel installation that serves as an allegory of modern-day Korea. Evoking literary genres ranging from Asian gothic to heavy metal, the video chronicles major tragedies in the nation’s past such as the Donghak Peasant Revolution (1894), the Korean War (1950 – 1953), the Gwangju Uprising (1980) and the recent Sewol Ferry Disaster (2014). The work’s panoramic structure evokes traditional “shan-su” (landscape) scroll paintings. This narrative format was inspired by two historical works by beloved Korean artists: Oh Yoon’s incomplete work The Lemures chronicles the many forgotten victims in Korean history and the poem by Kim Soo-young, Colossal Roots. In Citizen’s Forest, viewers are invited to accompany this ragtag group as they walk slowly through the forest; mixing history and fiction, the actors play musical instruments and impersonate the dead as they mourn the loss of their fellow citizens. 
 
The final work in the show is a newly commissioned video titled BELIEVE IT OR NOT (2018). Created by Park Chan-Kyong and his brother Park Chan-Wook under the moniker PARKing CHANce, BELIEVE IT OR NOT is a scripted narrative that tells a gripping story of State sponsored spying and deception through the eyes of defectors and those who help them escape. Confronting directly the disinformation that exists in both North and South Korea, the video is inspired by real individuals who have crossed the cultural and military borders that separate the two nations. Taking cues from people who have chosen to publicly denounce their country of origin, resettle and then sometimes return home again, Park tells a story where defectors may in fact be acting as spies and double agents and it is never clear what one’s motives really are. In so doing, Park forces the audience to question the integrity and motivations of both North and South Korea, relaying the stark human cost of Cold War politics and propaganda, and confronting the fear and paranoia that still underlies the Korean peninsula. 

ABOUT PARK CHAN-KYONG

Park Chan-Kyong (b. 1965) is a media artist, film director and writer. He graduated from Seoul National University in 1988 with a BFA in Painting, and the California Institute of the Arts with a MFA in Photography in 1995. Park served as the Artistic Director of the SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul in 2014. His major works include Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits (2013), Night Fishing (2011, co-directed by Park Chan-wook), Sindoan (2008), Power Passage (2004) and Sets (2000).

Park’s work has exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017), Taipei Biennial (2016), Anyang Public Art Project (2016), Iniva, London (2015), Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2013), and Atelier Hermès, Seoul (2008, 2012). Park was awarded the Hermès Korea Art Award in 2004, and the Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011 for Night Fishing.

His works are included in the collection of major art institutions including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; KADIST, Paris and San Francisco; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Seoul Museum of Art; Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan; and Art Sonje Center, Seoul.

ABOUT TINA KIM GALLERY

Located in New York, Tina Kim Gallery is celebrated for its unique programming that emphasizes international contemporary artists, historical overviews, and independently curated shows. Founded in 2001 by second-generation gallerist Tina Kim, it is noted for working closely with museums and institutions to expand the audience of its global roster of artists with a special emphasis on showcasing historically important, but lesser known Korean artists.

PRESS INQUIRIES

Gloria Cardona | Communications and Media Manager
gloria@tinakimgallery.com | +1 212-716-1100

Artist CV

Born in 1965, Seoul, Korea
Lives and works in Seoul, Korea

Park Chan-Kyong (b. 1965) is a media artist, film director and writer based in Seoul. His work examines Korean society, framing the rapid socioeconomic development of the past century while chronicling the often reckless pursuit of Western modernization and economic growth, through subjects including the Cold War and traditional Korean religions. Park graduated from Seoul National University in 1988 with a BFA in Painting, and the California Institute of the Arts with a MFA in Photography in 1995. He served as the Artistic Director of the SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul in 2014. His major works include Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits (2013), Night Fishing (2011, co-directed by Park Chan-wook), Sindoan (2008), Power Passage (2004) and Sets (2000). Park’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017), Taipei Biennial (2016), Anyang Public Art Project (2016), Iniva, London (2015), Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2013), and Atelier Hermès, Seoul (2008, 2012). Park was awarded the Hermès Korea Art Award in 2004, and the Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011 for Night Fishing. His works are included in the collection of major art institutions, such as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; KADIST, Paris and San Francisco; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes; M+, Hong Kong; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Seoul Museum of Art; Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan; and Art Sonje Center, Seoul.

Education

1988 
BFA College of Fine Art, Seoul National University, Seoul

1995 
MFA Program in Photography, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
Citizen’s Forest, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, NY
PARKing CHANce 2010-2018, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (with Park Chan-Wook), Korea

2017
Park Chan-kyong: Farewell, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2016
Park Chan-kyong, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, NY

2015 
Pa-gyong: Last Sutra Recitation, Iniva, London, UK

2012 
Natacha Nisic & Park Chan-Kyong, Atelier Hermès, Seoul, Korea*

2010 
Radiance, PKM Gallery | Bartleby Bickle & Meursault, Seoul, Korea
Brinkmanship, REDCAT, Los Angeles (with Sean Snyder)* 

2008 
Sindoan, Atelier Hermès, Seoul, Korea
A Mountain, Gallery Soso, Paju, Korea

2005 
Flying, Ssamzie Art Space, Seoul, Korea

2003 
Koreans Who Went to Germany, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart 

2002 
Sets, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart 
Sets, rraum02, Frankfurt, Germany

1997 
Black Box: Memory of the Cold War Images, Kumho Museum, Seoul, Korea

*asterisk denotes two-person show

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Paradoxa, Art from Middle Asia, Casa Cavazzini, Udine, Italy
Assembling, K11 Shenyang, Shenyang, China
Collection Highlights: Synchronic Moments, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia, Smith College Museum of Art, Massachusetts, USA

2017
Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History, NTC CCA Singapore, Singapore
Performing History, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Highlight: Cartier Collection, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2 or 3 Tigers, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2016
Anyang Public Art Project 5, Anyang Art Center, Anyang, Korea
The 10th Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Land of Happiness, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
The Time is Out of Joint, Asia Culture Center – Theater, Gwangju, Korea
As the Moon Waxes and Wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

2015
The 70th Anniversary of Liberation Day, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
The Young and The Restless, Common Center, Seoul, Korea

2013
ANIMISM, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Homeworks 6, Artheum, Beirut, Lebanon
The Shadows of the Future: 7 Video artists from Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucarest, Rumania
Buk Seoul Museum of Art Inaugural Exhibition Part Ⅱ from SeMA Collection #2_NEW SCENES, The Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Real DMZ Project: From the North, Artsonje Center, Seoul

2012 
Project Daejeon 2012: Energy, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Cosmic Laghter, Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal, Germany
Korean Film Festival DC 2012, Freer l Sackler, The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art, Washington DC
Crossroads + Asian Gothic, Festival Bom, Seoul 

2011 
Countdown, Culture Station Seoul 284 (former Seoul Station), Seoul
Second Worlds, Steirischer Herbst Festival 2011, Austria
Image Clash: Contemporary Korean Video Art, CU Art Museum, Colorado, Denver, USA
Tell me Tell me: Austrlian and Korean Contemporary Art 1976-2011, National Art School Gallery, Sydney; National Museum of Contemrporary Art Korea, Seoul
Korean Rhapsody - Crossing the History, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Happy Window, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea

2010 
Projected Image, Platform 2010, Artsonje Center, Seoul
The Flower on the Snow, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea 
The 3rd Anyang Public Art Project [APAP2010], Anyang, Korea 
Discoveries, ShContemporary 10, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai 
Trust, Media City Seoul 2010, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Linguistic Morphology: Art in Context, The Association of East Asian Art and Culture, The Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul 
Random Access, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea
Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Vision 2010, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo 
Oh! Masterpieces: 2009 New Acquisitions Collections, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Him of Kyeooggi-do, 2010 Gyeoggi Art Project, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

2009 
Unconquered: Critical Visions from South Korea, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
Made in Korea: Leisure, a disguised labor?, Kaufhaus Sinn & Leffers, Hanover 
7th Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, France
Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul (EXIS), Seoul Art Cinema and Indie Space, Seoul 
Void of Memory, Platform Seoul, Seoul , Korea
Shared. Divided. United, Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin, Germany
New Political Art in Korea Since The 1990s: Bad Boys Here and Now, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Another Masterpiece: 2008 New Acquisitions, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

2008 
Shoot Me Film Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
Jeonhyanggi: Kim Soo Young 40th Anniversary Retrospective, Alternative Space Pool, Seoul, Korea
IAS Media Screening, Insa Art Space of Arts Council Korea, Seoul
6th Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, France 
Still Present Pasts, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2007 
Seoul: Räume, Menschen, Institute fur Auslandsbezienhungen, Stuttgart and Berlin, Germany
Fast Break, PKM Gallery Beijing, Beijing, China
Activating Korea: Tides of Collective Action, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Competition, Oberhausen, Germany
JNP Production, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

2006 
Move on Asia, Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul; travelled to Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo; Arario Beijing, Beijing; Remo, Osaka; Shanghai Doulun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
A Tale of Two Cities: Busan-Seoul / Seoul-Busan, 5th Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
Fever Variations, The 6th Gwangju Biennale 2006, Gwangju, Korea 
Daegu Photo Biennale, EXCO, Daegu, Korea
Pyongyang Report: Architecture, Design & People in North Korea, Book House, Paju, Korea

2005 
Seoul: Until Now!, Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Germany
Critical Society, Badischer Kunstverein. Karlsruhe, Germany
Parallel Life, Frankfurt Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
Incongruent: Contemporary Art from South Korea, Richard F. Brush Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, USA
DMZ_2005: Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, Paju, Korea

2004 
Unplugged Theater, Gallery Bhak, Seoul, Korea
Hermès Korea Missulsang, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Four Years 2000–2004, Insa Art Space of Arts Council Korea, Seoul, Korea

2003 
Facing Korea: Demirrorized Zone, de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam 
Borderline, Kunstverein Schorndorf, Schorndorf, Germany 
Para>Sites, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

2002 
P_a_u_s_e: Project 3 - Stay of Execution, The 4th Gwangju Biennale 2002, Gwangju, Korea
Parallel World, K & S Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Korean Air France, La Vitrine and Glassbox, Paris, France

2001 
Sunshine: Three Perspectives on North and South Korea, Insa Art Space of Arts Council Korea, Seoul, Korea

2000 
between 0 and 1, media_city seoul 2000, Seoul Museum of Art and 13 subway stations, Seoul, Korea
Pyongyang, The Subject of Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1999 
The Photograph Looks at Us, Seoul Photo Exhibition 1999, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1998 
Seoul and Media: Food, Clothing, Shelter, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Alienation and Assimilation, Museum of Contemporary, Chicago, IL, USA
Gwangju, Finding Way from the Mirror, Songwon Gallery, Gwangju, Korea

1996 
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Yamagata, Japan
Politics and Art, Boda Gallery, Seoul, Korea
16th Symposium on Photography: Allan’s Fish Story, Photography Between Discourse and Document, Gratz, Austria

1995 
Vision of Koreans, San Francisco Cinema Tech, San Francisco, CA, USA

Fellowship, Awards & Residencies

2014
Fasken Martineau Best Feature Film or Video Award for Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada 
New Vision Award for Muju Film Festival, Muju, Korea

2012
Intelligence award for 7th A-Awards, Seoul, Korea
Best Motion Picture (NOVES VISIONS) for 44th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Sitges, Catalonia, Spain

2011
Silver prize (Film Craft) for Spikes Asia Advertising Festival, , Singapore
Golden Bear for the Best Short Film, 61st Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin
Grand Prize for a Korean Feature Film, 12st Jeonju International Film Festival, Jeonju, Korea 

2010 
Arts Council Korea, Seoul, Korea

2007 
Tokyo Wonder Site Residency Program, Tokyo, Japan

2005 
Arts Council Korea, Seoul, Korea

2004 
Hermès Korea Missulsang, Seoul, Korea

2002 
Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
Arts Council Korea, Seoul, Korea

2001 
Arts Council Korea, Seoul, Korea

Collections

Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
M+ Museum, Hong Kong
KADIST, San Francisco, CA, USA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
Korean National Musuem of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, USA
Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart, Germany

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