ARARIO GALLERY SHANGHAI is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of female Korean artist, Hayoun KWON (b.1981) Si proche et pourtant si loin, on view from February 28, to May 5th, 2019. Hayoun KWON, currently lives in France, adopts the moving-image as her primary artistic medium, to produce works that explore the space of one's memories. KWON is a recipient of the Prix Découverte des Amis du Palais de Tokyo in 2015; the 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, in 2016, and Prix Distinction in Ars Electronica in 2018.
This exhibition marks Hayoun KWON's first presentation in China. The title of the exhibition, Si proche et pourtant si loin embodies the sentiment of an eternal separation in spite of something seems close but is in fact far away. Due to various factors such as political issues and foreign relations, certain areas of the world are access prohibited to most people. However, a way of arriving at these unattainable sites would be through the technology of virtual reality. Hayoun KWON borrows others' memories and VR technology to emanate the viewer into a real imagined experience. With these moving-images rich in imagination, the artist has caught the attention of the global art world.
Hayoun KWON's artworks embark on spatial explorations of people's memories. These spaces often share one common characteristic—where the artist has not personally experienced and only exist in others' memories. Prior to making these works, KWON spends a lot of time and energy in surveying her subjects, and conducting interviews with those who have been to these prohibited areas, or collecting and analysing the immense amount of materials they have left behind. Then, with which, she begins to make works of art. The participation of the others, the uniqueness of documentary film, 3D animation, and features of VR experience allow Hayoun KWON to articulate the real and the surreal aspects of her works.
This solo exhibition will present Hayoun KWON's four video works and one VR work, the exhibition will open on February 28, 2019, at 5 pm, at Arario Gallery Shanghai.
Press release courtesy Arario Gallery.