UK Korean Events of the Week: 27th May – 2nd June

The big event this week  is definitely the Years of Radical Change: Korean Screen Culture two-day conference taking place at SOAS (Schools of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) this weekend. It looks like it will be full of fascinating discussions about all aspects of Korean film from hallyu to representation to North Korea from renowned academics and experts from all over the world. If that doesn’t sound like your kind of event, there are also plenty of other throughout the week. Keep reading for details.

‘Postmodern Times’ Gwon Osaeng exibition @ HADA Contemporary

It’s the final week to catch this exhibition before it closes! The exhibition showcases three different series of works by the artist: Deodorant Type, The Flat and The Sculpture which exam the futile and fleeting nature of modern life. Gwon plays with combining 2 and 3 dimensions in his artwork to push the boundaries of tradition concepts of sculpture and create a detached representation of modern life. If you want to read more about the different series head over to London Korean Links.

Until 31st May / Opening times: 11am-6pm / HADA Contemporary 21 Vyner street London E2 9DG / Click here for details.

The Tainted @ Gazelli Art House

This exhibition of Korean artist Shan Hur and Italian artist Aron Demetz’s continues this week. The work focusses on exploring the complexity of  relationship between nature and man. Hur’s sculptures and installations encourage the viewer to go on a journey of discovery through his work by placing unusual objects (such as collapsed ruins and a cracked column) into an everyday space. The artist aims to make the viewer question their own observations and perceptions and to create a space which fills the mind with curiosity. Demetz’s sculptures have a similar motive but with more focus on both the balance and unbalance between man and nature. There are only 2 weeks left now to catch this exhibition before it closes on the 5th of June.

Until 5th June / Gazelli Art House, 39 Dover Street, Mayfair, London / Click here for details.

The Hidden Cost of Prosperity @ KCCUK

It’s the fourth week for this exhibition of work curated by Anna Miyoung Kim, the first of two winners selected from those who sent in curatorial proposals to the KCC earlier in the year. ‘Featuring the work of six up-and-coming Korean artists ( Youngin Hong, Heungsoon Im, Ayoung Kim, Sejin Kim, Seungwook Koh, Hyewon Kwon and Gangwoo Lee) the exhibitions looks at the hidden dark side to Korea’s rapid economic success. It will run up until the end of the first week in June.

Until 6th June / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.

Wisdom and Compassion @ MOKSPACE

There are a few weeks left for this exhibition from MOKSPACE Gallery which showcases many different art pieces which explore Buddhism in the 21st Century. Featuring the work of five artists Jewoo Jeon, Sooyung Lee, Sukhi Barber, Suzanne Rees Glanister and Venerable Sulgok, the exhibition explores modern Buddhism and celebrate the birth of Buddha through a  range of different mediums and themes.

Until 9th June / MOKSPACE, 33 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH / Click here for details.

KCCUK Film Night: I Wish I Had a Wife

The KCC’s ‘Year of 4 Actors’ is back with the fourth screening in the series of films starring the second actor in Jeon Do-yeon with I Wish I Had a Wife this week. The film is a romantic comedy which follows the story of lonely banker Bong-soo, played by Sol Kyung-gu, who, feeling alone and dejected, has a series of encounters with teacher Won-ju, Jeon Do-yeon, who, without his knowing, has fallen in love with him. The screening is free as always but make sure to book through the KCCUK’s website.

16th May 7pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.

Korean-English Language Exchange Meetup: all levels

The long-established Korean Language Meetup group is having another of its regular meetups. Korean-speakers of all levels from complete beginners to native speakers are welcome to join for a great way to meet fellow Korean speakers and people interested in Korean culture. To book a place and find out more visit their Meetup page.

3th March 7pm / Admission:£1 / Central London (Location only shown upon booking) / Click here for details and to book.

SOAS Conference: Years of Radical Change: Korean Screen Culture

 SOAS is hosting a two-day conference this weekend focussing on Korean film and all the issues affecting it today. Topics will include gender, national identity, North Korea, Hallyu and many more. Running for two full days, the conference will feature numerous academics and experts from around the world discussing the history of Korean cinema as well as its current state. The conference is free and open to the public but places are limited so make sure to book in advance.

1st – 2nd June / SOAS, College buildings, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG / Click here for details and to book.

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