Seunggu KIM

S eunggu Kim lives and works in Seoul, South Korea. He earned his BFA in photography from Sangmyung University, and MFA in visual art from Korea National University of Arts. He thought photographs could show our ‘real world’. He would like to describe how we are living and balance the unnatural elements in the rectangle frame. He thinks his photos show how we get used to, and overcome, social contradictions.

Korea has been developed rapidly over 40 years, which caused a lot of social injustice. One such injustice is long working hours with a very short period of break. During holidays, Koreans try their best to enjoy it, but due to lack of time to travel, they spend time mostly around the city. This collective leisure and its environment reveal the attitude of Koreans living with optimism and a sense of community despite social constraints. In this context, this series Better Days implies to Korean society.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Better Days, Filter Space, Chicago (2019); Better Days, The Korea Society, New York (2019); Bam Islet, KT&G Sangsangmadang Gallery, Seoul (2019); A Day Trip, Artbit Gallery, Seoul (2018); Better Days, SongEun ArtStorage: White Cube Project, Seoul (2017). Selected group exhibitions include: Mapping the Multitude, Museum Centre Ploshchad Mira, Krasnoyarsk (2021); Edition VI, Galerie Echo119, Paris (2021); Information, Fotografiska, New York (2020); BBA Photography Prize, BBA Gallery, Berlin (2020); Ten by Ten, The Silos, FotoFest, Houston (2020).

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