PARK Chan-kyong

  • Born 1965 in Seoul, South Korea
  • Based in Seoul, South Korea
  • Photo: Keith Park

Park Chan-kyong produces works containing philosophical readings of the issues faced by North and South Korea; the history of Asia’s art as well as its wars; and of the continent’s shared religious legacy. Since the first inter-Korea summit, held in 2000 following the ceasefire of the Korean War, he has additionally created many works and written many inquiries concerning the past and future of North and South Korea. In 2014, he acted as the artistic director of the SeMa Biennale, receiving high praise for his keen depiction of contemporary Asia with his use of metaphors involving ghosts, spies, and grandmothers. Foregrounding for contemplation the negative legacy of the Cold War era and of America’s relationship to all of East Asia (including the Korean peninsula and Japan,) he attempts, through both critical and poetic expressive means, to question the set of values in which the two Koreas and neighboring countries have been geopolitically entrenched by the 20th century’s various obsessions.

Selected Works & Awards

안녕 安寧 Farewell (solo), Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2 or 3 Tigers, Haus der Kulturen der Welt [HKW], Berlin, Germany
Pa-gyong: Last Sutra Recitation (solo), Institute of International Visual Arts [Iniva], London, UK
Homeworks 6, Artheum, Beirut, Lebanon
61st Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, Golden Bear for the Best Short Film
  • Child Soldier, 2017
  • Courtesy of the artist