Chan-Hyo Bae: Punishment
27 February - 23 March 2013
Purdy Hicks Gallery is delighted to announce a new exhibition of works by acclaimed Korean photographer, Chan-Hyo Bae.
Following on from his previous series, Existing in Costume and Fairy Tales, Chan-Hyo Bae’s new work explores the theme of Punishment, taking as his starting point `power’.
Existing in Costume saw the artist pose in female historical western costumes. He plays on Western prejudice against Eastern men by creating elaborate scenes of himself as a noblewoman from the Elizabethan to Regency periods. By again introducing himself into Fairy Tales he shows that our bias is not only in the portrayal of history, but in perpetration of story telling, of what we read to our children.
`The idea of Punishment exists everywhere,’ Chan-Hyo Bae writes about his latest series. ‘The desire for power in human nature can be shown as a strong prejudice against differences from other cultures. Through this work, I want to explore the process and deliberate on my existence. The main method of visualizing my `punishment project’ was to be a power holder. Using famous power-holders I show them meting out punishment as part of their authority. I contrast the emotions between five power holders from history and their rivals. It is a visualisation of my sense of isolation.