2017, Sat, Apr 22

Park Chan-kyong: Colonial Unheimlich

“If a critique of Orientalism avoids the object of its criticism it is also unsound. Criticizing Orientalism is fine, but a more flexible approach within the structure of Orientalism itself should be entailed in the criticism. Criticism of Orientalism should be better than Orientalism itself or contain certain surpassing elements within it. The criticism and the exceeder may conflict with each other. Even the critical reflection of ‘what is not Orientalism?’ may be derived from outer, especially Western perspectives. This is imperative: what we can do in between escaping the Orientalist structure and demystifying it may even include intentional use of Orientalism.” (From: The Phantom of ‘Minjok Art,’ in: 2 or 3 Tigers online publication )

Park Chan-kyong is an artist and filmmaker based in Seoul. Both his fine art and filmic works primarily focus on the Cold War and the division of Korea. Since 2008, he has created photographs, video, and filmic works discussing Korea’s native religion and shamanism. Recently his work was shown in solo exhibitions at Tina Kim Gallery in New York City (2016) and InIVA in London (2015). Former exhibitions include Sindoan at Atelier Hermès (2012) in Seoul, and Redcat (2010) in Los Angeles. In 2014, Park served as Art Director for the 8th SeMA Biennale Mediacity, Seoul. His works have been exhibited at international venues, such as the Taipei Biennale (2016) in Taiwan, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (2016) in Gwacheon, Korea, as well as the Seoul version of the HKW exhibition Animism (2013) and the Korean Film Festival (2012) in Washington, DC.