Art historian Joan Kee of the University of Michigan will present a lecture on developments in Korean photography in the postwar era at the Center for Korean Studies Monday, November 6, 2017. The UH Manoa Department of Art and Art History is co-sponsor of the lecture. It will begin at 3:00 p.m.
The practice of photography in postwar Korea was shaped around the twinning of economic development with state-promoted “tradition,” through images produced through photojournalism as well as for those tapped for inclusion in the annual government art salon, the Kukjŏn. This lecture will discuss a critical mass of photographers who came of professional age in the 1960s and sought to open a different kind of space, one requiring a deeper and more singular investment from audiences than mere acknowledgment or even sympathy.
Concentrating on the photographs of Jun Min-cho, Yook Myung-shim, and Joo Myung-duk, Kee will consider the pursuit of vulnerability as an alternative means of development beyond that endorsed by political and cultural elites looking to humanize the state’s relentless push for material progress.
Joan Kee is an associate professor in the history of art at the University of Michigan. She specializes in art and law with a special research focus on modern and contemporary East and Southeast Asian art, particularly that of Korea. Kee is author of Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method (2013); curated the exhibition From All Sides: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method (2014); and serves as a contributing editor to Artforum.
Center for Korean Studies events are free and open to all. For further information, including information regarding access for the handicapped, telephone the Center at (808) 956‑7041.