Ukraine and Korean photographers hold an exhibition entitled “Life of Deportation and Settlement: Koryo-saram, Samosely and Abandoned Places in Ukraine” at the KF Gallery in Seoul until April 28.
Held in cooperation with the Shcherbenko Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, the exhibition displays photos of Korean artist Jung Sung-tae and Ukrainian art duo Krolikowski Art.
“Jung’s photos shed light on the stark reality of the Koryo-saram, ethnic Koreans who were once deported from their homes in the Russian Far East and later settled in Ukraine, and examine the lives of the Samosely, or self-settlers, who remained in or returned to the exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident,” states the program.
“The photographs by Krolikowski Art mirror the artists’ memories of their own hometown, ravaged by undeclared war that hit Eastern Ukraine.”
Through Jung’s photos, retracing the history of the Koryo-saram resettlement, and his works about the Samosely, who still live amidst the aftermath of Chernobyl tragedy, along with memories captured by cameras of Krolikowski Art, the exhibition reflects the exhausting process of letting go of the past.
Krolikowski Art is Ukrainian artists Alexander Krolikowski and Alexandra Krolikowska. The duo has conducted extensive research in contemporary visual art, especially photography.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Ukraine, as well as the 80th anniversary of the mass deportation of ethnic Koreans from the Russian Far East in 1937.
The exhibition is free.
Gallery opening hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Sundays and April 14.
KF Gallery is on the 2nd floor of the Mirae Asset Center 1 Building in central Seoul.
To get there from Eulgiro 1-ga Station, follow the signs for Ferrum Tower and then those for Mirae Asset. This will take you directly into the building.
The exhibition will also be staged in Kiev and Dnipro, Ukraine, later this year.