By Byungtae Kim and J.M. Yang
On the occasion of ‘KARIBU KOREA’, the Embassy of Korea presents “Ensemble : odysseys of lights” This exhibition originally took place in Daegu, Korea, hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in the Republic of Korea to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Kenya. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition was only allowed in public for a few days. The Embassy of Korea would like to re-introduce the two artists’ work online.
The Face : The Kenyan Odyssey
Artist Byung Tae Kim has lived in Kenya for 27 years. He explores nature not just as a form of art but as a medium of conveying fundamental oriental philosophy. In this series, ‘the Faces’, he tries to manifest souls and spirits beyond faces; invisible may be more valuable than visuals surrounded by discrimination and bias. Those faces, standing in front of a black background, are his neighbours and friends. By their closed eyes, cultural influences are removed from the models and audiences could focus solely on the model’s faces. The artist challenges the notion that the eyes are the gateway to the soul.
Kim Byung Tae
Born in Daegu, Korea
Lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya
Wild Emotions – Tokyo, Miyagi, Gunma, Yokohama, Nagoya, Ibaraki, Morioka in Japan, 2008 – 2013
Wild Emotions – Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul, Korea, 2014
Wild Emotions – Daegu Culture & Arts Centre, Daegu, Korea, 2015
Wild Emotions – Gallery 1, Shinjuku Park Tower, Tokyo, Japan, 2015
Reflections – Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya, 2016
Roam Free – Soho Photo Gallery, New York, USA, 2017
Wild Emotions – Beomeo Library, Daegu, Korea, 2017
Black Mist – Gallery Kong, Seoul, Korea, 2018
Black Mist – Gallery Wa, Yanpyung, Korea, 2018
The Face – Gallery Grimson, Seoul, Korea, 2019
The Face – Daegu Arts Centre, Daegu, Korea, 2020
A Paly – Topohaus Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2020
Korea International Photo Festival– Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, 2017
Korea Fantasy – Nairobi National Museum, Kenya, 2018
Pouvoir de la Photographie – Galerie 89, Paris, 2016
Photography Spectrum – Hanbyukwon Gallery, Seoul, 2016
Wild Emotions, 2014
Wild Emotions, 2015
Reflections, 2016 Black Mist, 2018
MooMong (舞夢, dancing the dreams) : The Korean Odyssey
A Korean artist, J.M.Yang interprets Korean traditional dances into abstract images.
With slow shutter speeds the movements of the dancers turn into sequential images.
Yang’s body of work proves how well his artistic intuition can capture the aesthetical and emotional aspects of Korean traditional dances: dresses wave gorgeously, colors fly vaguely but harmoniously, fingertips gently and delicately show up and disappear, breaths slowly warm up the space, fever urges for high spinning of dancers, and all comes to a standstill next moment, just like nothing exists. His works somewhat resemble oriental ink-and wash paintings.
Yang showed his identity through Blue Journey exhibited in 1994, joyfulness and excitement from Heavenly Dream in 2016, dynamic and vigor from Arirang Fantasy in 2018, and his recent work, Cheoyong Narsha shows large-minded generosity and faithfulness to the motherland.
His journey continues until The Korean Odyssey is achieved.
J. M. Yang
Professor at the Photographic Art Center of Shingu College
Advisor to the Photo Artist Society of Korea
His works are owned by the Government Art Bank of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art; Art Valley of Crown Haetae; Art Space Gallery; WA Gallery; and NAIROBI National Museum.
photo exhibition The Korean Odyssey at Daegu Arts Arts Center in 2019
photo exhibition Cheoyong Narsha at Seoul Arts Center in 2019
Invitational exhibition for Korea Fantasy at NAROBI National Museum in 2018
Invitational exhibition for Dance at WA Gallery in 2018
Invitational exhibition at Busan International Photo Festival at Busan Cultural Center in 2018
Man and Woman at Bresson Gallery in 2018
Invitational exhibition for Ariang Fantasy at KIMBOSEONG Art Center in 2018
Invitational exhibition at International Photo Festival of Korea at Seoul Arts Center in 2017
Invitational exhibition at the first anniversary of Jeongeup City Museum in 2016
Invitational exhibition for Silk Road Shilla Light at Gyeongju Culture Expo in 2016
Invitational exhibition at International Photo Festival in Yanbian of China in 2016
Invitational exhibition for Heavenly Dream at Art Link Gallery in 2016
Invitational exhibition for Free Again at Now Gallery in 2013
Calvados in Paris at Kyungin Museum of Fine Art in 2013
Father`s Gift at Gana Art Space in 2011
Cubaholic at CBL Gallery in 2010
Frozen in Time at Insa Art Center in 2008
Photo Diary at Kodak Photo Salon in 2000
Orito Animi at Kyungin Museum of Fine Art in in 1998
Portraits at Samsung Photo Space in 1996
Blue Journey at Pine Hill Gallery in 1994