Prayers, No 1-39


Forty works of abstract black and white embroidery developed from archive photographs of post-war cityscapes from the Korean peninsula, as well as the frequent protests and demonstrations which occurred during the subsequent modernization period.

Attracted to the power of images taken mainly by newspaper photographers at a time when freedom of speech was not guaranteed and censorship was commonplace. The artist selects forms from the images and develops until abstract lines remain. These abstract lines translate into musical scores, becoming ‘photo-scores’. During the exhibition, recorded music played in the gallery space based upon these ‘photo-scores’.

Left: Embroidered line on cotton,
Right: Drawn line on found photo
Left: Embroidered line on cotton,
Right: drawn line on found photo

Korean Cultural Centre UK