Jongkyu Kim, Minah Cho: Nomadland
1. A two-person exhibition of latest paintings by two Korean artists, Jongkyu Kim and Minah Cho
2. The works on view show a realistic but unfamiliar landscape, reflecting the relationship between human and nature, or the inequality of power constructed in society
Hanwon Museum of Art presents Nomadland, which marks its 13th anniversary this year under the annual program “Painters”. The exhibition highlights two Korean artists, Jongkyu Kim and Minah Cho. Jongkyu Kim captures the impressions, textures, and rhymes of nature such as trees, forests, rivers, and lakes using traditional materials with silk and ink to present the lyrical scenery through the beauty of ink and empty space on the screen. Minah Cho focuses on social conflicts and complex social interests in our society based on her personal experience while making aware of herself as an artist to the public to unveil the bare reality and implications that the young generation are confronted with.
Nomadland is inspired by the same-titled nonfiction novel, written by American journalist Jessica Bruder. The novel focuses on the lives of low-wage laborers in the post-Great Recession in America, often living in cars without affordable housing; those who work endlessly all their lives but without a place to call home. An old woman, who is the main character of the novel, travels around the country meeting and listening to the stories of other ‘nomad’ workers while discovering the value and attitude toward life on the journey.
Our lives form a landscape and create 'a landscape-like life' or 'a life that is like a landscape’. Depending on the perspective of observing the world, the landscape accompanies individuals and society, or it can change along with the attitude and orientation of the artist. Based on the hyper sensitivity that we are affected by living in a fast-moving society, the two artists invite us to inspect the internal world and the historical impression of the present. Their works show a realistic but unfamiliar landscape, reflecting the relationship between human and nature, or the inequality of power constructed in society. The exhibition aims to provide an opportunity to contemplate both common lifestyles and different forms of life in the present, and to introspect the potential meaning of life that we need to achieve in the future.
*The Painter program is the museum’s annual project, which has been ongoing since 2010 to promote the continued growth of Korean traditional painting and to provide young artists with opportunities to exhibit their works. Focusing on the artist’s flexible attitude towards the medium, the program selects artists who have their own visual language.