In August 2014, I visited what I would refer to as the most inspiring and influential exhibition I have attended at the MMCA in Seoul, Korea.
The exhibition was titled Korean Beauty: Two Kinds of Nature. As I collated exhibition materials and artists names on my smartphone, I entered into a dialogue with a concentration of the Asian aesthetic through the camera which provided many reference points, suggesting areas of exploration for me to develop.
Between 2014 and present I have returned several times to Korea to consult, exhibit and photograph. While I have continued to pay attention to this area of interest, it is only recently that I have started to deconstruct the context behind it. This is both because of, and in spite of my Level 2 module beginning in September 2016. When joining the OCA I had to park this area of interest in order to fully commit to the course. At the same time though, the course gave me the tools to investigate this area more fully, more critically and most of all reflectively. Getting beyond the surface.
Coincidentally my recent trip to the Tate Modern to visit Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art carried an echo of that 2014 survey in Seoul. What I would like to unpack through my Body of Work and Contextual Studies is how these two exhibitions may be connected. How abstraction may have influenced contemporary Korean photography and what we can conclude its purpose.
As I commence with BoW and CS, I will set out to research individually some of the photographers, some admittedly in more detail than others. I will also review the two exhibitions in further detail. I hope that this clear direction creates a synergy between theory and practice.