Galerie Paris-Beijing, Beijing
March 12 – May 12, 2011
The 798 Art District, Dashanzi, 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang, Beijing
+86 10 59 78 92 62
www.parisbeijingphotogallery.com

After the big success of the first part of New Photography in Korea in Paris held from 14th of December 2010 to 5th of January 2011, the Galerie Paris-Beijing brings the second part of New Photography in Korea to Beijing. Such an ambitious title does not reflect an attempt at exhaustiveness but more of a wish to present to the public a subjective, yet hopefully coherent look at the photography that has come out of Korea over the past few years.

When the gallery refers to Korea, what they actually mean is South Korea, the small discreet country in between the two Asian giants of China and Japan, who most often appears in the media only to contextualise the conflict with its awkward brother, North Korea.

Since the 1980s there has been lightning growth in “The Land of the Morning Calm”. The path that South Korea has taken since the devastating Korean War (1950-53) has, in only a few decades, transformed it from being a Third World country into a fully industrialised nation. One only need be there to appreciate its economic as well as cultural vitality, its perpetually changing urban landscapes, and its incredibly dynamic art scene led most notably by its cinema and museums, festivals, contemporary art fairs and other biennials of international scope. Not a day goes by without a new gallery opening in Seoul.

Photography is the medium of choice to highlight such social upheaval and express uncertainties as resulting sociological transformations. For New Photography in Korea, the gallery is showcasing nine young photographers that live in Korea today and who we believe represent the principal currents in contemporary Korean photography.