Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia at Spazio Lightbox

The exhibition, presented by Chung Hyung-Min, director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, and curated by Chu-young Lee, brings together on a truly fantastic journey the most significant contemporary Korean artists, who reinterpret and transform the evocative, period room of Spazio Lightbox into a dream scenery. The works on display covers different media and include installations, sculptures, videos, paintings and photos realized by 16 artists.

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s story Alice in Wonderland, Who is Alice? resembles a dreamlike experience, where the artists create with great spontaneity small unreal and absolutely fabulous worlds. In a city where fantasy and reality at times belong to the same time world, the artworks on display blur the everyday space and time boundaries and invite the viewer to an extraordinary experience, that winds along the ten Lightbox rooms with extraordinary tales.

At the entry of the exhibition space U-ram Choe‘s Pendulum of Secret welcomes the viewer at the beginning of his journey. The mysterious black eyes of the woman portrayed in Jeong-wook Kim‘s Untitled work stir up shadows of fear and desire lodged deep inside the viewer, while the luminescent bodies of Hae-gue Yang‘s Female Natives and the photographs of Yeon-doo Jung‘s Bewitched make his childhood dreams magically come true. In the next rooms Hein-kuhn Oh’s Cosmetic Girl mirrors the curious and restless face of a girl, maybe Alice, while 38 hands intertwine in the ether to give life to Xoo-ang Choi‘s The Wing. In front of the sinister and deserted Hong-chun‘s To Alice playground and of U-ram Choe‘s whirling Merry go Round, the viewer relives a summer nightmare, that materializes in the gloomy skeletons’ party of Du jin Kim‘s The Youth of Bacchus.

Spazio Lightbox, Cannaregio 3831, Venice (Vaporetto Line 1, Ca’ d’Oro stop)

Exhibition dates: June 1st– November 24th 2013

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm. Closed on Monday (with the exception of June 3 and November 18).

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