The Showroom presents the first UK iteration of Dawn Breaks, an ongoing project by two Korean artists of different generations: Jewyo Rhii and Jihyun Jung. The collaboration began at the Queens Museum, New York (2015) and has since evolved through presentations at the Gwangju Biennale (2016) and at the Art Sonje Center in Seoul earlier this year.
The project consists of multiple sculptural works set up in the gallery space as story telling devices, creating a moveable collective theatre in which narratives and performances are drawn from conversations. At The Showroom this installation will see existing kinetic sculptural pieces from the project combine with newly produced works created using found materials such as wood, wire, sheets of MDF and metal. Working in a new way Rhii and Jung will connect with the local area, inviting participants from The Showroom’s neighbourhood to activate the works as miniature theatres, as they become vehicles for personal and collective stories.
Operating independently and in dialogue with one another, the objects will be manipulated, moved and transformed according to the specifics of their locality. Stories will be told and retold throughout the exhibition, repeating and evolving, as gallery visitors are invited to contribute narratives that will intertwine between the works and build new plots in an ongoing cycle.
Running alongside this project Jewyo Rhii will present The Day 3, Walls and Barbed, the inaugural exhibition at the Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, 18 Brewer St, Ist Floor, Soho, London, opening on 18 November and running to the end of January 2018.
The exhibition is a collaboration between The Showroom and the Korean Cultural Centre UK, and is co-curated by 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 will see multiple institutions present exhibitions, performances, residencies, workshops and public art installations of Korean artists, from 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.