UK Korean Events of the Week: 18th – 24th March

It’s another film-dominated week with not one but three showings of Leesong Hee-il’s latest works courtesy of the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival as well as a film which offers insight into life in a North Korean Prison Camp. If it’s not a film your after, there are plenty of different exhibitions on this week for you to explore if you have the time as well as another Korean language meetup for those looking to practice their language skills. Keep reading to find out more about all of this week’s events!

Bae Chan-hyo: Punishment Project @ Purdy Hicks Gallery

It’s the final week to see the current exhibition of Bae Chan-Hyo’s most recent photographic works at Purdy Hicks. The exhibition, which finishes on Saturday, 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.

Sun, Moon and Tree: Chang Sook Lee & Soyeop Kim Ceramic Exhibition @ MOKSPACE

The display of the work of ceramists Chang Sook Lee and Soyeop Kim continues at MOKSPACE this week. The works of both artists explore nature and life in depth with Chang’s working focussing on ‘the material world of soil and especially its diverse connotations of life’ while Kim takes her inspiration from trees which she describes as “like the life-road towards the sky above”.

Until 7th March / MOKSPACE, 33 Museum Street, London WC1A / Click here for details and to book.

Camp 14 – Total Control Zone/Q&A @ Curzon Soho

As part of their Human Right Watch Film Festival, Curzon cinemas is screening a documentary which delves into the life of North Korean, Shin Dong-Hyuk. Born the son of political prisoners, Shin was  raised from birth  in a prison camp in North Korea and the film retells his life from living in the camp to his eventual escape through a series of interviews and animations. It looks like it will be an extremely moving look into life in a North Korean prison camp as well a display of extreme human courage.

Monday 18th March 6.15pm /  Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY / Admission: £13.75

Leesong Hee-il’s White Night @ BFI’s 27th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

It’s the final showing of the first film in Leesong Hee-il’s trilogy of films about male desire being shown as part of the BFI’s 27th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. ‘White Night’ 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.

18th March 2pm / Admission: £8-£11.50 / NFT1, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT / Click here for details and to book.

Leesong Hee-il’s Going South & Suddenly, Last Summer @ BFI’s 27th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

As the second part of this trilogy, the director’s two newest short films ‘Going South’ and ‘Suddenly, Last Summer’ are being shown as a double bill. Both films continue the theme of male desire, the first exploring the tensions between two military conscripts and the second between a teacher and his student. If you are interested you can read a review here (although beware it contains spoilers).

18th March 2pm / Admission: £8-£11.50 / NFT1, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT / Click here for details and to book.

Korean-English Language Exchange Meetup: Intermediate level and above

The long-established Korean Language Meetup group is having another of its regular meetups for intermediate and above Korean speakers and learners to meet up and practice with each other. To book a place and find out more visit their Meetup page. The event details are all in Korean so be aware this event is ONLY for those who already speak Korean at a conversational level.

23rd March 11.30am / Admission: £1 (book in advance) / Central London (Location only shown upon booking) / Click here for details and to book.


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