Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, is all set to present a solo show, titled ‘Songs without Lyrics’, by South Korean artist, Kyungwoo Chun.
Presenting in-situ, photographic, video and performance works, Chun is known for his experimental portraits which are based on temporally set processes.
Relationships form the core of his practice, and much of his work is based on situations and encounters that revolve around concepts of empathy, care and compassion. And, due to this process, people become an important asset in his work.
Chun is concerned with how we interact in the world and how we relate to ourselves and each other.
Creating unfamiliar situations that can provoke modes of inter-dependence, he provides a space for individuals to enter, shed exterior excesses and traverse an interior scape. Ordinary conversations, requests and tasks initiate the possibility for exchange, too.
The title of the exhibition ‘Songs without Lyrics’ takes an unexpected twist, searching for alternatives to lyrics with no notes. Stretching our capacities for listening to sounds that are imagined or interpreted generates new forms to communicate.
Chun's work has featured in many cities including Barcelona, Seoul, Berlin, Liverpool, Zurich, Mumbai, Bremen and New York. His work is represented in major museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (USA); Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Emden (Germany); Museet for Fotokunst Odens; Musée Mac/Val in Vitry-sur-Seine (France); The Museum of Photography Seoul; National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea, among others.
Some of his work that will feature at Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho:
Songs without Lyrics, 2021/ 2023 (Performance with installation)
16 Korean people, with hearing and speaking disabilities, were invited to create a song that they would like to sing for other people. They were asked to give a title to the song and draw a picture score with colours, pictograms, and numbers.
Visitors are invited to choose one of their songs and play spontaneously, with the installed 6 bells.
Songs without Lyrics II, 2023 (Video based on performance, sound)
Children from the Ektaal Children’s Choir are invited to select picture scores, composed by Koreans with hearing and speaking disabilities. Each score carries a title, a colour corresponding to melodies and a number indicating the length of tone.
In Korea, these sound sequences were activated by the sound of bells. In Goa, the choir singers, acting like conductors, create their own rhythms to each piece as they perform for the original composers of these scores.
WHAT: 'Songs without Lyrics' by Kyungwoo Chun
WHERE: Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim
WHEN: August 18, 2023 to November 11, 2023
DAYS: Monday to Saturday
TIMINGS: 10 am to 6.30 pm
EXHIBITION PREVIEW: Friday, August 18, 2023 (7 pm)