At Discoveries in ABHK, 313 ART PROJECT will present several series of Wan Lee’s “Made In”, particularly the series of “Made In Korea”, produced newly in 2015.
The project was initiated in 2012 from a breakfast the artist had. He discovered the simple fact from his breakfast table that many different countries’ interests were complicatedly entangled on it in terms of globalization. Since then, he has been participating in the production sites in various countries in the East including Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, etc. He has filmed the whole process of his journey and acquired products as the evidence of his labor. The project does not just film his scenes of labor. Instead, it approaches issues of Asian Modernization and Post-colonialization from complex perspectives.
Through “Made In Korea”, Lee calls attention to how the country’s pain- and loss-riddled modern history has affected the formation of the present Korea and its characteristic. He traces the history in reverse order, from pre-industrial stage to modern and present age in which rapid economic recovery accompanied ceaseless internal conflicts. This exhibition will show the first two works from among the total of 10 works that the series consists of, “Made In Korea (Straw Shoes)” relating to preindustrial era announcing the beginning of the series while “Made In Korea (Wig)” focusing on the wig industry in the 1960s and 1970s.
The other artwork productions including “Landscape” which embodies the Korean traditional landscape drawn by LED, “Colorful Wig Falls”, an installation piece in relevant to “Made In Korea (Wig)” and “Product”, a photograph of religious symbols with unremoved price tags, etc. will be also showcased in the continuous way to keep alive the artist’s critical perspective toward the contemporary Korean society.
Wan Lee, through the exhibition at ABHK 2016, will concentrate on those things that the present Korea should reflect upon. Particularly he highlights various structural problems concealed so far in the other side of excessively materialistic society caused by the rapid economic growth. Lee expects this exhibition to act as an opportunity to begin a new discourse on Korea’s present situation and hopes his problem-posing will ultimately develop his mother country into a healthy and balanced society.