Art @ the Y presents
Homecoming, Photographs by Sung Hyun Sohn
On view in Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA from October 13, 2016 through December 2016
The University YMCA is pleased to present “Homecoming,” Photographs by Sung Hyun Sohn. The University YMCA invites community and campus members to attend the opening reception of Sung Hyun Sohn’s “Homecoming” on Thursday, October, 13, 2016. A viewing of “Homecoming” begins at 5pm, followed by an Artist Talk with Sung Hyun Sohn at 5:30pm.
“Homecoming” is sponsored by the University of Illinois Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS). Presented in conjunction with the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs 2016 (October 14-16) and “So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of War” film screening (October 14, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, Illinois. More information is available at ceaps.illinois.edu.
About “Homecoming”: “In “Homecoming”, Sung Hyun Sohn tells the stories of Koreans whose strange fate led them to live wandering around the world in countries such as the USA, Japan, China, and Russia for the past 100 years. Sung Sohn’s ultimate concern in “Homecoming” is to have an intimate look at the living state of the Korean immigrants in the foreign lands and the social institutions that force them to live on as strangers, even when they return to Korea. These social institutions and practices as well as the power structure of the societies alter the human figure, even their most nuanced facial features. Through the work of photography, Sung Sohn’s “Homecoming” is intended to reveal the barren and difficult landscapes of the transnational Korean lives, through the lens of appreciation and beauty.
About Sung Hyun Sohn: Sung Hyun Sohn was born in Busan in 1971. He studied Photography at Joong Ang University (BFA) and Fine Art Photography at the graduate school of the same university (MFA). He received an MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University in the United States and has recently received his doctorate in Cultural Anthropology at Hanyang University Graduate School. Sung Hyun Sohn has participated in more that 40 exhibitions held in New York City, Italy, Germany, and the Gwangju Biennale, and was also part of multiple publication projects carried out in Korea and other countries. More information is available at www.shsohn.com.
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