UK Korean Events of the Week: 11th – 17th March
It’s a fairly quiet and London-centred week although a good one for film lovers with screenings of two very interesting and well-renowned films, including one as part of the British Film Institute’s annual London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival that looks well worth a watch. Three of the exhibitions we covered last week also continue including the KCC’s fascinating insight into Korean cosmetics through the ages that looks well worth checking out if you have some free time this week. Keep reading for more details of all the events happening this week.
Bae Chan-hyo: Punishment Project @ Purdy Hicks Gallery
The exhibition photographer Chan-Hyo Bae’s new works continues at the Purdy Hicks gallery this week. The works on display follows on from his two previous exhibitions ‘Existing in Costume’ and ‘Fairy Tales’ and explore the ideas of power and punishment through Bae’s intricate depiction of himself as a series of famous power holders from throughout history. For more information, on this fascinating exhibition head over to London Korean Links for more information on the exhibition and the artist.
Until 23rd March / Opening times Mon–Fri 10am – 6pm Sat 11am – 6pm / Purdy Hicks Gallery 65 Hopton Street Bankside London SE1 9GZ / Click here for details.
Min Jungyeon Solo exhibition @ HADA Contemporary
This is the first UK solo exhibition for Korean artist, Min Jungyeon which will showcase some of her most fantastical works. On display at the exhibition will be a range of drawing and paintings of the artist’s ‘phantasmagorical realm’. It looks to be a unique display as Min uses he work to create a new universe of her own and you can read more about it on the gallery’s website.
7th-31st March / Opening times 11am-6pm / HADA Contemporary 21 Vyner street London E2 9DG / Click here for details.
Inspired by Nature, the Traditional Cosmetics of Korea @ KCCUK
There is a few more weeks left to catch the Korean Cultural Centre’s exhibition of traditional cosmetics of Korea throughout the ages. The artifacts on display are all on loan from the Coreana Cosmetics Museum which houses over 5000 different objects related to traditional Korean cosmetic culture and range in era from the Three Kingdoms period to the 20th century.If you want a more hands on experience, you can take part about how to make traditional natural cosmetics through public workshop. It looks like a really interesting exhibition and it runs on until the start of April so there is plenty of time to catch it before it closes. For more details on the exhibition, make sure to check out this article.
Until 6th April / Opening times Mon-Fri 11am-5pm Sat 11am-5pm / KCCUK 1 – 3 Strand London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details.
KCC Film Night: Oasis @ KCCUK.
The next film in the KCCUK’s ‘Year of 4 Actors’ is being screened this week. The focus continues to be on actress Moon So-ri with 2002 drama ‘Oasis’ from director Lee Chang-dong who also directed a previously screened film ‘Peppermint Candy’ also starring the actress. The film won several awards when it was released on the festival circuit including Moon’s Best Actress win at both the Korean Film Awards and the Venice Film Festival. It tells the story of two outcasts, a man who has recently finished a jail sentence for a hit and run accident with mild mental disabilities and a young woman who has cerebral palsy, as they fall in love and struggle with families and authorities.
14th March 7pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand ,London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.
Leesong Hee-il’s White Night @ BFI’s 27th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
A trilogy of new films about male desire from director Leesong Hee-il are being shown over the next two weeks as part of the BFI’s 27th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. His first feature ‘No Regret’ is widely regarded as the first ever Korean queer film by an openly gay director and he is well-respected as a queer cinema filmmaker. The first film to be shown is ‘White Night’ which follows flight attendant Gang Won-gyu (Won Tae-hui) who left Korea a few years previously to work for a German airline and his encounters with an ex-lover and a new one during a one night stopover in Seoul. If you are interested you can check out the trailer here. The film is being shown over 3 days from the 16th to the 18th of March, although tickets on the 17th are now all sold out, so make sure to get yours before they are gone!
16th March 6.30pm / Admission: £8-£11.50 / NFT1, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT / Click here for details and to book.
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