Opening: Tue 01 Oct 2019, 9.30 am
Exhibition: 01 – 12 Oct 2019
Temple of Literature
58 Quoc Tu Giam, Hanoi
Exhibition: 01 – 30 Oct 2019
Korean Culture Center
49 Nguyen Du, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
From the organizers:
You are invited to the exhibition “Seoul – A Metropolis after Four Decades” from 1-12 Oct 2019 at the Temple of Literature, 58 Quoc Tu Giam and from 1-30 Oct 2019 at Korean Culture Center, 49 Nguyen Du, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi. The exhibition opening will take place at 9.30 am on 1 Oct 2019 at the Temple of Literature.
“Seoul – A Metropolis after Four Decades” introduces 62 photographic works from the perspectives of 12 photographers, included the veterans and the newcomers, on the conflicts between traditions and modernity, followed by the destruction and new construction of the city of Seoul – the capital of South Korea.
In other words, metropolitan Seoul with its distinct development trends coexisted and clashed in the late 1960s – a time when everyone in Korea “sang the song of Seoul”, everything heads towards Seoul to today – when Seoul has risen to become a world-class metropolis, and it reflects through the unique lens of generations of authors. Young authors, prominent authors with their own personalities, and the senior writers focused on describing the sufferings that modernization brings in “Song of Seoul”, the marks of modern history in this international metropolis of more than 10 million people in a sensible and rational visual language.
Despite being caught up in the rapid change of the city, the writers still choose to face the downside of the “Song of Seoul”, the true face of the city, in a witty, if somewhat cold, manner. Each work was filled with these internal, tormenting conflicts. This exhibition gives viewers an opportunity to travel to the old Seoul – a Seoul that had not been disappearing too quick and too much, and let them contemplate the contradictions in “Song of Seoul”, then discovered the absurdities in space of this city.
Translated by Hanoi Grapevine