UK Korean Events of the Week: 6th – 12th May

After an exciting a couple of weeks with the UK Korea Rocks tour everything is back to normality again. Thankfully there are still some great events happening this week including a couple of interesting film screenings, including the oldest Korean film in existence, a new exhibition from the KCC and a screening of K-pop group 2NE1’s 2012 Seoul concert. For more details of all these events, keep reading this article.

‘Postmodern Times’ Gwon Osaeg exibition @ HADA Contemporary

Just under a month left now to see this display. 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. The exhibition runs until the end of may so there is plenty of time to catch it. 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 is just over a month left 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.

‘2NE1 2012 Global Tour Live: New Evolution in Seoul’ Concert DVD screening @ HMV Curzon Wimbledon

To celebrate the bank holiday, this Monday K-pop website HallyuUK and 2NE1 fansite ukYGQueens are teaming up to put on a screening of one of the Seoul dates of 2NE1’s world tour from last year at a cinema in Wimbledon. Tickets cost £10 and can be bought online or on the door.

5th May 4pm / HMV Curzon, Wimbledon, London / Click here for details.

KCCUK Women on Screen: Sweet Dream

The Korean Cultural Centre is launching a series of seven films which will examine the changing role of women in Korean society over the past 80 years. The first film to be screened will be 1936’s Sweet Dream. A fascinating looking film which is, according to the Korean Film Archive, the oldest Korean film in existence, Sweet Dream follows the story of housewife Ae-soon who is kicked out of her house by her husband for being lazy and incompetent and goes to live with her lover in a hotel. It looks like it will be a great insight into life in Korea during the Japanese colonial period and prior to the country’s split.

9th May 7pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.

The Hidden Cost of Prosperity @ KCCUK

Earlier in the year, the KCC asked for curatorial proposals, with the two winners being allowed to showcase there own six-week art exhibition in the KCC itself. The first winner Anna Miyoung Kim’s display is opening this week. ‘The exhibitions looks at the hidden dark side to Korea’s rapid economic success and features the work of several up-and-coming Korean artists. It will run up to the start of June.

10th May – 6th June / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.

The Korean War in Colour @ SOAS

This Friday, SOAS will be hosting a screening of the documentary ‘Korea the Forgotten War in Colour’ followed by a Q&A session with the award-winning director, Stewart Binns. The documentary includes lots of original footage never seen before including some from North Korea’s own archives, formerly censored footage from Washington and other material from China and Eastern Europe. The team behind the film have won several awards including a BAFTA for their ‘Britain at War in Colour’ documentary.

10th May 5.15pm / Room 4418, Russell Square, College Buildings, SOAS, London WC1H 0XG /Click here for details.

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