Installation : Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong Kang, River Thames by Millennium Bridge
Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong Kang
1-30 septembre 2016
River Thames by Millennium Bridge
A major installation by Ik-Joong Kang, one of South Korea’s most renowned and celebrated multimedia artists, Floating Dreams is a compelling, large-scale installation situated in the centre of the River Thames by Millennium Bridge. Constructed from 500 drawings and illuminated from within, the three-storey-high lantern structure acts as a memorial to the millions displaced and divided during the Korean War (1950-53), and a poignant symbol of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea.
Born in South Korea, Ik-Joong Kang relocated to New York in 1984 to complete a Masters in Fine Arts at the Pratt Art Institute. For Floating Dreams, the artist returned home to collect drawings by the generation that fled from North Korea to South Korea during the conflict over 66 years ago. Now in their 80’s and 90’s and unable to return, Kang asked them to revisit their memories and draw their hometowns. 500 images, recalling joyful and sorrowful memories of lost homes and broken families, have been transferred onto pieces of Hanji, a traditional Korean rice paper, and transformed by the artist into a single work of art that illuminates the pain and hope of many Koreans displaced by the Korean War. Floating Dreams recognises and raises awareness of the participants’ longing for home and their faith in a future reunification for their country.
Conférence : Dreaming with Artist Ik-Joong Kang
Vendredi 16 septembre 2016
BP Theatre, The British Museum, Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG
Ik-Joong Kang discusses Floating Dreams, his work and practice with Curator Eleanor Soo-ah Hyun in a free talk at The British Museum.
Kang will introduce Floating Dreams, his large-scale installation situated in the centre of the River Thames by Millennium Bridge, commissioned for Totally Thames, and discuss his future projects.
Samramansang Moon Jar #1 and 12 Wishes, on display in the Museum’s Korea Foundation gallery, show Kang melding traditional influences such as Buddhist icons and Joseon-dynasty moon jars with his practice of multiples and repetition.