Through Your Eyes

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 17:30


Through Your Eyes


‘Through Your Eyes’ explores how Australia is depicted by Korean artists and how Korea is described through the eyes of Australian artists. Artists from both countries have had the chance to experience their reciprocal cultures through residency programs.

The ways in which the artists relate to each other’s different (and yet similar) cultures are on a personal level, but the wider social characteristics of both countries are shown by their artistic reactions.

The exhibition will present how the artists saw, understood and accustomed themselves to cultural differences. It will also show how the artists were influenced by the elements around them, and how they developed their own styles with such elements.

Through Your Eyes

 

Exhibition Program


Opening Night

-      18 April (Wed), 5:30pm-7:30pm, Opening Night   

Artist Talks

-      24 April (Tue), 6.15pm, Yong-sun Suh, Yvonne Boag & Curator Glenn Barkley from MCA

-       3 May (Thu), 6.30pm, Locust Jones with Korean Film Screening

-      17 May (Thu), 6.30pm, Yvonne Boag with Korean Film Screening

-      23 May (Wed), 6.30pm, Giles Ryder with Contemporary Music Performance

Film Screenings

-       3 May (Thu), 7pm, Shiri (free, booking essential)

-       9 May (Wed), 6.30pm, My Korea: Australian Stories with Music Performance (free, no bookings)

-      17 May (Thu), 7pm, The Way Home (free, booking essential)

Guided Tours

-      Every Tuesday Night, 5.30pm 

 

Exhibition Background


2011 marked the Year of Friendship between Australia and Korea, in its commemoration there were various cultural events held in both countries to help develop a form of cultural dialogue, be it through visual arts, music or education programs. The Korean Cultural Office in Sydney opened in this meaningful year with a goal to stimulate and encourage cultural exchange. This enhanced focus on the cultural aspects of exchange, following 50 years of diplomatic and economical relations, comes to show that the countries sensed the necessity of a deeper understanding of each other. The method to realise this is through understanding each other’s culture, a pivotal aspect in today’s globalised world.[1] It is especially more so important in the multicultural society of modern Australia.

‘Through Your Eyes’ explores how Australia is depicted by Korean artists and how Korea is described through the eyes of Australian artists. Artists from both countries have had the chance to experience their reciprocal cultures through residency programs. The ways in which the artists relate to each other’s different (and yet similar) cultures are on a personal level, but the wider social characteristics of both countries are shown by their artistic reactions. The exhibition will present how the artists saw, understood and accustomed themselves to cultural differences. It will also show how the artists were influenced by the elements around them, and how they developed their own styles with such elements.

Meet the Artists

Geoff Robinson, Giles Ryder, Yvonne Boag, Yong-sun Suh, Locust Jones and Director of Korean Cultural Office, Dr. Dong-ok Lee

Five Australian artists and three Korean artists express their understandings and experiences in Korea and Australia respectively. Yong-sun Suh, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea’s Artist of the Year 2009, shows his philosophical observation of people’s everyday life in Melbourne, with a particular focus on the bustling city centre. Yong-seok Oh’s description of the Sydney landscape and Jeong-hoo Lee’s inspiration from everyday objects and their relationship with nature, both present unique points of view on Australia. It’s a fresh view point on an old model.  

Yvonne Boag, who started her relationship with Korea in 1993, expresses her first impressions of the country. Locust Jones focused on the social and political issues from Korean newspapers as he has in the past with other media. Larissa Hjorth’s deep observation of Koreans’ lifestyle with mobile phones, Geoff Robinson’s examination on sense of space, sound and human relationships, and Giles Ryder’s understanding of mental and philosophical characteristics of Korea will all clearly show how THEY saw Korea.

Mingling with and finding out the differences becomes the initial step toward achieving understanding. Not only were the artists discovering the unfamiliar and expressing their feeling from that experience and observations, they were also understanding and becoming accustomed to the unfamiliar during their residency period. The stories and episodes that artists have implanted in their artworks will provide a chance to consider the cultural differences and reflected interpretations. The exhibition will go beyond the boundaries of Australia and Korea to reach the issues of multiculturalism in Australia and also in the globalised world.




[1] Ien Ang emphasises the importance of cultural translation, not just linguistic translation, to live along with people who have different cultural background in an ever-shrinking world. Ang, I., Cultural Translation in a Globalised World, in Papastergiadis, N. Complex Entanglements, Rivers Oram Press: London, 2003

 

Supporters


Through Your Eyes is supported by the following organisations:

Sydney University
Sydney University 

Asia Link
Asialink 

Asia Education Foundation
Asia Education Foundation 

Australia - Korea Foundation
Australia-Korea Foundation 

 

Contact Details


For more information about the exhibition or for any inquiries please contact:

Juno Do, Exhibition Manager, (02) 8267-3422 | j.do@koreanculture.org.au