Beyond Face: Portrait Photography from Korea
Opening reception 7-9 p.m.
Garden of the Zodiac Gallery
1042 Howard St.
Portrait photography exhibits are not unusual. They are generally quite popular and engaging as currently seen at RNG Gallery with its show, People pleasing People pleasing People like you. Rarer still is the exhibit that eschews the familiar role of portraits in formal poses, candids or even narratives. Such is the case with a new exhibition of four Korean photographers who take a more conceptual approach to this genre. Sponsored by the Moving Gallery and curated by Ji-Hyun Kwon along with Berlin-based artist Christian Rothmann, Beyond Face will continue in the Old Market Passageway through July 28. In this show, Kwon, Chan-Hyo Bae, Hein-kuhn Oh and Ji-Yeon Sung explore the emotional, psychological or professional life of their sitters in such provocative series as “The Guilty,” “Entre-Deux,” “Existing in Costume” and “Cosmetic Girls.” All four series feature color prints that collectively illustrate the possibilities of regional identity within a contemporary globalized culture.
--Michael J. Krainak