There is a balancing act happening in Korea as well as other countries in Asia. Tradition is finding a new position within culture as industry and technology are becoming more important to rising economies. This topic is the focus of much of the photographs on display at Daegu Art Museum as part of the current Asian Contemporary Photography exhibition.
Korean artist Jung Yeondoo (curator of our June 2013 issue) and Chinese photographer Wang Qingsong focus mainly on creating scenes with their photographs. Rather than capturing a candid moment, these artists set the stage, intentionally creating a fantasy or highlighting a social issue.
Jung Yeondoo's work always straddles reality and a dream. Upon first glance, his images seem to be set in a place we are familiar with -- a bedroom or field of flowers -- but we quickly discover that some small details don't align with our expectations. Exaggerated elements and quixotic details give a magical playfulness to each piece. Jung invites us to think about how our realities and dream worlds are connected, and where the boundary between the two lies.
Wang Qingsong shows his perspective on the effects of extreme capitalism on modern China with his work. His large scale photographs usually involve numerous people which creates drama and helps to illustrate how industry can marginalize the majority of a population. Qingsong often utilizes satire and metaphors to address these heavy issues.
The Asian Contemporary Photography exhibition will be on display until February 1st, and it's only 1,000 won to check out the entire museum. Be sure to take advantage of having this amazing collection of work here in Daegu.
- Lisa Highfill
How to get there:
Subway: Daegu Grand Park Station on subway line #2 at Exit No.5
A shuttle bus that runs every 30 minutes can take you from the subway station to the museum for free.
The 604 and 403 busses also stop at the museum.