AMOR FATI by KI CHANG, HAN (2013.5.16 - 6.29)

SAVINA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Oct 1, 2014 7:34AM

The artist Ki Chang, Han's perspective of the art world is based on his personal experience. 

In 1993, he got into a terrible car accident and his long struggle with illness in a hospital bed. 

Since then, his work has become a main motif of his such tragic experience. Thus, he has been working with a theme of death and life through the use of medical materials such as x-ray films, bandages, stitch staples, and medical instruments.

In this exhibition at the Savina Museum, the artist Han presents a wide variety of media such as drawings, photography, and videos derived from highly magnified images of diseased organs and tissues of the human body.

Furthermore, the object installation work is comprised of x-ray films, surgical instruments, and wheelchairs. Through this, he attempts to recreate the original exhibition space into a new space for the audience to feel the atmosphere in the cycle of life and death.

The special characteristic of the work with x-ray films in this exhibition is that the x-ray films capture not only the images of human skeleton but also the images of human life by overlapping OHP films, thus illustrating multi-layered life and death.

Amor Fati series reveals human bone structures through the use of x-ray films and LED light over the polycarbonate. Destroyed bones appeared in the x-ray films are turned into beautiful flowers, trees, and fish. Original black and blue x-ray films are recreated into bright and vivid, and images of animals and plant forms such as seaweeds and fish by cutting the films delicately.

Furthermore, the artist has created and displayed a gigantic aquarium using electric power on the first floor with size 200x300x150(h)cm. This aquarium which is slowly moved by the electric power is sublimated into a rebirth. The dynamic movement of the fish and seaweeds, and the black background which symbolizes the depths of water, demonstrate the cycles of nature and healing.

"AMOR FATI" 

A Latin phrase loosely translating to "love of fate", indicating the idea of eternal recurrence made by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one's life, including suffering and loss, as good. Moreover, it is characterized by an acceptance of the events or situations that occur in one's life. 

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