A Generation of Artists Share Sociopolitical Views for 'Courage and Poem'

  • by The Cartellino Team

In the book Survival of the Fireflies, French philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman cited Giorgio Agamben and his essay What is the Contemporary. as Didi-Huberman points out the duty of contemporaries to be "courage—political virtue—and poetry." To Didi-Huberman, the contemporaries Agamben was talking about were the people who are not in any way associated with the times. This thus gives them the power to grasp the issues sensibly. In the exhibition Courage and Poem, artists Socheol Kim, Yi Yunyi, Seo Young Chang, and Han Jin translate the tasks of the contemporaries into works that interpret that pain of this generation. In the last week of the exhibition, choreographer Soo-Hyun Hwang will perform an emotional performance that's separate from the bodily movements.

Installation view of Courage and Poem at ONE AND J. Gallery, 2019. | Photo courtesy of ONE AND J. Gallery, Photography by Euirock Lee
Cartellino Socheol Kim Courage and Poem ONE AND J Gallery
Socheol Kim
Garden Project (Row Temporary Wall)
2019, “Layout Plan” | Photo courtesy of the artist
Han Jin Cartellino Courage and Poem ONE AND J
Han Jin
Inner Side of the Wind #1
Oil on linen
130.3 x 130.3 x 3 cm
2017 | Photo courtesy of the artist
Cartellino Courage and Poem ONE AND J
Installation view of Courage and Poem at ONE AND J. Gallery, 2019. | Photo courtesy of ONE AND J. Gallery, Photography by Euirock Lee
Seo Young Chang Cartellino Courage and Poem ONE AND J
Seo Young Chang, A Story of a Bear, who Drowns Forever, Over and Over, Single channel video, 16' 00", 2013 | Photo courtesy of the artist
Yi Yunyi Cartellino Courage and Poem ONE AND J
Yi Yunyi, The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, OHP, 35mm slide projector, Himalayan pink rock salts, 1020 x 630 x 260 mm, 2019
Photo courtesy of the artist
Soohyun Hwang Cartellino Courage and Poem ONE AND J
Production image of I Think of What The One Feels, Concept / Choreography: Soo-hyun Hwang, Performers: Ho-Jung Kang, Yu-Ra Park, Da-Som Hwang, Duration: 50 min, Premiere: 2019. | Photo courtesy of the artist
Courage and Poem will be on view at One and J. Gallery until December 22, 2019. I Think of What the One Feels will be performed from December 18 - 21, 2019, 7 PM KST, at the gallery.