From left to right: Minouk Lim, L'homme à la caméra, 2015; It's a Name I Gave Myself, 2018; Parabolic Satellite, 2015;Hydra, 2015

Installation view of Asia Society Triennial: “We Do Not Dream Alone” at Asia Society Museum, New York, October 27, 2020–June 27, 2021. From left to right: Minouk Lim, L'homme à la caméra, 2015; It's a Name I Gave Myself, 2018; Parabolic Satellite, 2015; Hydra, 2015; Courtesy of the artist and Tina Kim Gallery. Photograph: Bruce M. White, 2020

Histories of the Present: Contemporary Korean Art in Context

Thursday 19 November 2020
7 - 8 p.m. New York Time

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The animosity between North and South Korea, initiated through the partition of Korea at the end of World War II and perpetuated through the Korean War, has not abated until recent reconciliatory gestures to the Korean Peninsula through the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification in 2018. Despite this encouraging inroad towards reconciliation, the reverberations of the sociopolitical traumas and tensions brought forth by this fraught history continue to pervade Korean society to the present day. The sociopolitical and emotional impact of this imposed political schism will be explored through the lens of three contemporary artists from South Korea whose practices reflect the significant physical and psychological toll that partition and war continue to impose on contemporary society. 

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Featuring artists Mina Cheon, Kyungah Ham, and Minouk Lim, this conversation is moderated by Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, vice president of global artistic programs at Asia Society, director of Asia Society Museum, and artistic director of the Triennial.

Artists

Mina Cheon

On View: Part 2

Kyungah Ham

On View: Part 1

Minouk Lim

On View: Part 1