Produced by Doojin Hwang Architects
Curated by S. Euna Yoo, SEY ARTNET
Assisted by Yeon J. Yue, Ji Yeon Kwak
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SEY ARTNET has been commissioned to organize an on-line exhibition of Suyeon Yun’s photographic works by Doojin Hwang Architects. Exhibited in the show were eight photographs of pedestrian facilities, designed by the Architects, on the Hannam and Jamsil Bridges.
Over the past seven years, Yun has devoted herself to the subject of war. She has documented in particular the daily lives of the people who experienced war in the recent past. Hence, her war pictures are nothing like the imagery of a bloody battleground, rather they are filled with monotonous scenes from the ordinaries. Perhaps her interest is not on war itself but more on human beings, each having their own story about different wars, about dealing with its aftermath and trying to return to their life.
Also important in Yun’s work is the relationship between the artist and the subject in her work. Since most of her pictures are based on the personal experience of the sitter, it requires for the artist to spend substantial time with him or her. This is part of her work and she maintains a relationship with her subject until both parties feel comfortable with each other. Therefore the final work becomes the result of joint efforts. For this reason, it is always helpful to know the story behind the artwork in order to better understand Yun’s work.
Her project with Doojin Hwang Architects began with a mutual interest and a sense of fellowship between Yun and Doojin Hwang as creators. The work process was, as usual, followed by casual interviews with Hwang and a number of visits to the designated sites. Yun commented that she was very pleased because there was a strong resemblance between the atmosphere of the buildings and the impression she had from the architect. Hwang participated in the shooting, which took almost 24 hours from 5:00am, May 29, 2009, anticipating that Yun would discover a new aspect of him and his work that he had yet to discover.