10 January 2007

invited guest: Hyun-Jin Kwak

According to me, Hyun-Jin Kwak is one of the most interesting contemporary photographers. She was born in South Korea and educated in Seoul, Stockholm and Helsinki. Nowadays she is living in Stockholm. Ever since I first discovered her photographs I have been fascinated by them and the many ways one can interpret them. I would like to quote Harri Laakso and Ronald Jones about her work:

High noon is the point of most intense visibility. It is the moment of “all for light”, when the sun has reached its peak, the moment that marks the beginning of its descent. One could speak of a momentary flash of ruthless lux, the light of truth, no longer the subtle lumen that allows the separate things of the world to shine forth. More than one of the images in Hyun-Jin Kwak’s series Girls in Uniform take us to these points in time – the decisive moments that are opportune for duels, when one stands ready to alter the course of the rest of one’s life. Harri Laakso

Courage is the portal into the sisterhood Hyun-Jin Kwak pictures. It is a special sort of courage that we only experience once in a lifetime when we pass from childhood to adulthood. This passage comes in many forms, but for Hyun-Jin Kwak it always involves secret rituals or death-defying games each initiate must suffer before she can be accepted as a sister who the community is bonded to; and who is bonded to the community. Hyun-Jin Kwak’s initiation rituals always involve risk , pain, physical brutality or psychological torture. Ronald Jones

High Noon © Hyun-Jin Kwak, 2005.

Game #2 © Hyun-Jin Kwak, 2006.

Game #3 © Hyun-Jin Kwak, 2006.

Dig #1 © Hyun-Jin Kwak, 2006.

Dig #2 © Hyun-Jin Kwak, 2006.

Part 1-Prize/Dues © Hyun-Jin Kwak, 2003-2004.

Part 1-Temporary/Collaboration © Hyun-Jin Kwak, 2003-2004.

Invited by Fredrik Skott.

Copenhagen fish market

I know this place. Been there many times. But I never saw
these ladies with "colorful language". Well the picture is from
around 1950. I wasn´t even born.

Found at National Archives along with this text:

Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen's colorful fish market is on
Strandan Canal. The retail fish sellers, usually women, occupy
places which have belonged to their families from generation
to generation. Their vending stalls are simply spots on the
sidewalk alongside the canal. The language of these women
is said to be the most colorful in Copenhagen, ca. 1948 - ca. 1955

Gruppo F inbox: speaking of angels..here´s mine

©Markus Jenemark

Little girl and jellyfish


Gruppo F inbox: what about signs?

©Darren Hepburn

Gruppo F Inbox: Gloomy Sunday

©Benny Persson


Snapshot from Italy... the shadow and patterns took my attention

Play me fair...

and do me right

still about angels