Throughout November and December 2017 artists Jewyo Rhii and Jihyun Jung invited a group of participants from The Showroom’s neighbourhood to collaborate on a series of storytelling workshops. Participants Ismail Ali, Afri Harry, Caroline Mawer, Victory Milentijevic-Goodfellow and Marjane Moghimi each brought an object to the workshops for use as a catalyst for telling stories from personal memories.
Rhii and Jung then adapted the installation and sculptural machinery in response to these stories. The artists have entrusted the care and use of the resulting mobile theatres to the group. For the duration of Dawn Breaks at The Showroom, they take on the role of directors, actors and set designers of their own productions, within which they may open up the invitation to others to participate. Workshops led by Boram Moon and Sooyon Kim will run in the exhibition space intermittently throughout January, culminating in this final performance.
Dawn Breaks is a collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre UK as part of the Korea/UK Season 2017–2018, and is co-curated with Je Yun Moon. The exhibition is supported by the Korean Cultural Centre UK, Henry Moore Foundation and The Elephant Trust.
The Korea/UK Season 2017–2018 is a programme of extensive cultural activities taking place across the UK. The season sees multiple institutions present exhibitions, performances, residencies, workshops and public art installations of Korean artists throughout 2017–2018. The KCCUK is lead partner of the season, supporting external projects as well as hosting exhibitions. Collaborating institutions include V&A, Frieze London, British Ceramic Biennial, ICA, Art Night, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Delfina Foundation, Eastside Projects, Fact, Gasworks, Hayward Gallery, Liverpool Biennial, Locus +, The New Art Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, Site Gallery, Spacex, Spike Island and Wysing Arts Centre. The Korea/UK season runs parallel to the UK/Korea season which takes place in Korea, and is supported by the British Council. Both seasons endeavour to strengthen the relationship between the two countries and form new cultural and creative partnerships.