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Each fall, the presentation of the Hermès Foundation Missulsang marks the Foundation’s support for Korea’s young contemporary artists. Ahead of the announcement of this year’s winner, an exhibition at the Atelier Hermès presents the works of the three finalists.
For the twelfth consecutive year, a jury of five personalities from the contemporary art world has selected three finalists for the Hermès Foundation Missulsang. This year’s artists are Sangdon Kim, Onejoon Che and the Part-time Suite collective, all of whom draw on multiple means of formal expression. Works created with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès are presented in an exhibition at the Atelier Hermès.
Born in Séoul, in 1973, Sangdon Kim’s work explores the cultural and geographical realities of his home country, engaging multiple media in a rich aesthetic dialogue. Solveig’s Song combines video, photography and sculpture to create a remarkable audio and visual walk through the city of Seoul, punctuated by troubling analogies.
Seoul-based artist Onejoon Che takes an overtly political approach. Spinning Wheel draws on the past, present and fiction to tell the story of the city of Mullae-dong, once dominated by arms manufacturing, and now a centre for artists’ studios and workshops.
Founded in Seoul in 2009, Part-time Suite is a collective of young artists (Miyeon Lee, Byoungjee Lee and Jaeyoung Park), offering a critical perspective on the economic climate shaping their lives and careers. The exhibition at the Atelier Hermès marks their first collaboration with an ‘institutional’ art space. The title Post-untitled addresses the impossibility of naming or categorizing their project – an examination of the nature of the exhibition process itself.
Taehi Kang, Professor at Korean National University of Arts
Sung Won Kim, Professor at Seoul National University of Science and Technology
Young-wook Lee, Professor at Jeonju University
Catherine David, Independent Curator
Bartomeu Marí, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA)