This year's START will include a Korean Eye 2020 teaser exhibition ahead of its international launch. This exciting teaser will bring together a group of 12 visual artists and one performance artist in a group exhibition.
This eclectic mix of artists are all of Korean cultural heritage, some living and working exclusively in South Korea, and others travelling between their studios in South Korea and Europe. This mix highlights the growing importance of Korean contemporary art and the European influence on those artists living abroad. Local cultural influences have largely shaped their art practice, some reflect how they have negotiated and responded to changes in the international art scene, ultimately examining the interplay between various cultural worlds. From paintings on silk and traditional Korean fabric to photography to sculpture to light installations and performance, artists included in this exhibition have employed a wide array of artistic methods in their practice, which synthesises the multifaceted nature of South Korean identities and triggers a consideration of the nation's artistic spirit regardless of geographic location.
The teaser acts as a glimpse into Korean Eye 2020, narrating the individualistic experience of contemporary Korean artists, whether shaped domestically or internationally. A new show featuring 30 artists will open in St.Petersburg in Spring 2020 before travelling to the Saatchi Gallery and finishing in Seoul next autumn.
Teaser artists include: Cha Jongrye, Doo Hwa Chung, Doowon, Eemyun Kang, Hayoung Kim, Helena Parada Kim, Hyun Kyu Kim, Kim Bumsu, Kim Jae Il, Lee Jeonglok, Soowhan Choi, Yun Hee Toh and performance artist Da In Park.