9 October – 2 November 2013
Opening reception with the artist on Wednesday 16 October 2013, 6 - 9 pm
Amelia Johnson Contemporary is honoured to present the second solo exhibition of Korean
artist, Lee Sanghyun.
Lee Sanghyun's recent photographs and videos continue his previous explorations of histories
and mythologies crossing time and space to present a diachronic viewpoint which considers
the present by looking through the past. The works are exhibited as a narrative series entitled,
“Tales of a Drunken Voyage to Pubyok Pavilion” and depict scenes of historical allegories
playing out in landscapes that the artist appropriates from documentary photographs and
paintings of Pyongyang from the Joseon period. Lee’s stories cast a humorous irony over past
and present and are inspired by the history of Korea as a divided nation, issues that have
arisen from the penetration of capitalism in North Korea and the artist’s own perspective as a
time traveler looking into North Korea.
Lee's digitally montaged imagery is made in vivid, bright pop colours depicting fictitious and
historical scenes, designer logos, juxtaposing past and present, rational and irrational, mass
culture and traditional landscapes, good and bad, male and female. He makes references to
consumerism as a form of religion and the hypocrisy of North Korea’s desire to forge diplomatic
relations with the West. This mesmerizing series of ironical landscapes raises questions about
the atmosphere in North Korea, the infiltration of Western ideals that consumerism can create
and the challenges this may present within the socialist structire, as well as the complex
relationship between North and South Korea, how this may evolve and what it could look like in
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lee Sanghyun has been awarded many residencies and grants including the ISCP in New
York and the International residency of Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea. His
photography, video installations, films and performances have been exhibited extensively in
Asia, the Middle East and Germany. Lee Sanghyun lives and works in Seoul, Korea.
ABOUT AMELIA JOHNSON CONTEMPORARY
Since 2005 Amelia Johnson Contemporary has consistently presented carefully curated
exhibitions. The gallery is dedicated to challenging preconception and exhibits groundbreaking
international contemporary art while also promoting young Hong Kong artists internationally.