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Oh Sukkuhn’s “The Text Book (Chulsoo and Younghee)” at Base Gallery, Tokyo

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From The Text Book (Chulsoo and Younghee) by Oh Sukkuhn – click to enlarge

In his first solo show in Tokyo, South Korea-born, Nottingham-educated artist Oh Sukkuhn (Suk Kuhn Oh) is currently presenting his Text Book series at Base Gallery.

The Text Book looks all kawaii but reveals way darker, more historically complex and socially traumatic layers upon further inspection – lessons from Korea’s turbulent past and possibly even memories of Oh Sukkuhn‘s own time as a photographer in the South Korean army.

The series is inspired by a boy named “Chulsoo” and a girl named “Younghee” – two Korean textbook characters from the Park Chung-hee era that have survived through the mid-90s.

From the gallery’s (originally Japanese) press release:

“By making “Chulsoo” and “Younghee” visible once again in his works, Oh Sukkuhn might be questioning us what the individual memory actually is or whether the memory not only stays in each of us but also prevail beyond in the nation perhaps. Works of insightful question and skepsis from the viewpoint of present-day Korean artist give us the moment to think over the derivation of our memories.”

.. and in the words of the artist himself:

“I wanted to collect our memories to create a new textbook that tells about our pain, [which stems] from identity confusion, while being depicted against dismal backgrounds. [I also wanted to explore the] individual’s sacrifice; needed for rapid economic growth in Korea. At that time it was considered that social values were more important than an individual’s existence. [...]

We may not exactly decipher their actions or feelings, but we can remember parallel moments in our own lives of hurt, embarrassment, shame, or other mortifications.”

Details below.


From The Text Book (Chulsoo and Younghee) by Oh Sukkuhn – click to enlarge

On show: Sep 21 – Oct 22, 2011

Address: Base Gallery, Matrix Japan S.A., 〒103-0025, Koura Daiichi Bldg. 1F 1-1-6 Nihombashi Kayabacho Chuo-ku Tokyo, Japan, tel: +81(0)3-5623-6655, email: info@basegallery.com | Map

Hours: Mon – Sat: 11 AM – 7 PM

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