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Moment, Accompany

The exhibition at Namwon City's Kim Byungjong Art Museum will show the works of a professional dance choreography photographer, Youngmo Choe, and a performance photographer, Sangyun Park, who have featured movements of dance artists in their lenses for their lifetime. On top of this meaningful photo exhibition that shed a light on the history of the Korean performing art, the archive exhibition of the important Korean performing art director, Seungheon Jang, will guide us to have a rich understanding of the Korean performing art.

Youngmo Choe is a pioneer in this field who has captured the specific genre of dance in his camera lenses for more than 35 years. His exhibited photographs at this museum show include the black and white photos of close-up facial expressions of Korean modern dance masters from 1980s to 1990s, and diverse and passionate gestures of ballet students at the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts.

Sangyun Park has been taking the vivid images of major domestic and international performances including the Seoul World Dance Festival for more than 28 years in his camera lenses. The aesthetical and historical performances of traditional dancers, who have already become deceased, such as Kang Sun Young, Kim Duck Myung, Kim Soo Aak, and Moon Gwan Won, are vibrantly preserved in his rare photographs. In particular, the picture of the Korean traditional Minsalpuri dance performer, Jo Gap Nyo, a Namwon born artist, will give an unexpected awe to visitors of the museum. In addition, photographs of various performances such as Goseong Ogwangdae, Yeongnam Nammu, and Romeo and Juliet by the Italian National Theater Ballet Dance Company can be also seen in the exhibition.

In the lobby of the museum, the archive section, "Dance Workshop," has been organized by the exhibition curator, who carefully curated archived materials of the Korean performing art director, Seungheon Jang. Dance-related books, magazines, poetry, photo books, prints, press notebooks, memos, and dance script writings that have been collected by Seungheon Jang for more than 30 years throughout his career represents the rich history of the modern Korean dance. These unique archived materials are unfamiliar to the general public but reflect devoted lives of Korean dance performers, who have preserved the artistic value of the dance in Korea.

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Artist

Youngmo Choe

Sangyun Park

Seungheon Jang

Date

Oct 04, 2018 - Feb 28, 2019

Contact

yoocheguk@korea.kr

Photos

Installation view of Moment, Accompany

Namwon City's Kim Byungjong Art Museum, Namwon

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Installation view of Moment, Accompany

Namwon City's Kim Byungjong Art Museum, Namwon

Aritsts

Youngmo Choe

Sangyun Park

Seungheon Jang