In October 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 in November and early December. They asked participants Ismail Ali, Afri Harry, Caroline Mawer, Victory Milentijevic-Goodfellow and Marjane Moghimi to bring an object to the workshops, for use as a catalyst for telling stories from personal memories. Rhii and Jung adapted the installation and sculptural machinery from their Dawn Breaks project in response to these stories.
Over a focused period of storytelling and making, the final installation at The Showroom has been tailor-made for the participants to use as tools to tell their stories. Each of the mobile ‘theatres’ enable the telling and re-telling of stories over time. Operating independently and in dialogue with one another, the objects can be manipulated, moved and transformed according to the specifics of their locality.
The artists have entrusted Ali, Harry, Mawer, Milentijevic-Goodfellow and Moghimi with the care and use of these collective theatres. For the duration of Dawn Breaks at The Showroom, they take on the role of being directors, actors and set designers of their own productions, and can open up the invitation to others to participate.
Contributors to the production and delivery of Dawn Breaks at The Showroom include Jaepil Eun, Seeun Kim, Sooyon Kim, Sunmin Kim, Boram Moon and Jie-young Song.
U My Show follows the introductory performances at the preview of Dawn Breaks. A further performance will take place on 26 January 2018.
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.