Kyungwoo Chun Photographs, Video Performances

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Texts by: Stephan Berg, Minseong Kim Edited by: Stiftung DKM, Duisburg German, English September 2005, 104 Pages, 68 Ills. Hardcover 1mm x 1mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1701-4

Underlying the photographs and video performances of Kyungwoo Chun, a native of Seoul born in 1969, is very often the phenomenon of time and the various ways in which we apprehend it. Time, for the artist, is "what we as individuals actually live." Chun's exceptionally intense portraits, some of which took several hours to expose, are neither character studies, nor do they seek to "portray" in the conventional sense of the word. What rather happens is that the photographer and his subjects enter into a dialogue which, as Stephan Berg has observed, culminates in a picture "in which not only the photographer himself and the person photographed, but also the time they have spent together are superimposed."

Korean photographer-artist KYUNGWOO CHUN (*1969) has become known for his portraits, poetically blurred by their extremely long exposure times, which depict the people in them in a very unconventional way.