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Synthesis of Difference – Exhibition at Korean Cultural Centre India

Recently a contemporary Art exhibition “Synthesis of Difference” was announced open by Korean Cultural Centre India in Delhi. The exhibition represents people and culture through time by portraying the amalgamation of classic and modern, analogue and digital, static and kinetic through new media art, paintings, animation, video art, installation, and performances by bringing together works of 4 country representative artists from South Korea and 6 Indian artists will be on view till 30th September 2022, from 09:00 am to 06:00pm, closed on Public Holidays and Sundays.

The exhibition was declared open by dignitaries H.E. Chang Jae Bok, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India, Adwaita Gadanayak(Director General of National Gallery of Modern Art), Jaya Asokan (Director of India Art Fair), Mahinder Sehgal (Programme Director of Indian Council for Cultural Relations), and the Artists and Curators. The opening ceremony signified by the traditional lamp lighting ceremony in Indian style represented the cultural exchange showcased in the exhibition.

H.E. Chang Jae Bok, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India, rightly summing up the essence of this exhibition, said, “Through this exhibition, art lovers will have a unique opportunity to appreciate the rich artistic traditions of Korea and India, realise the subtle similarities and differences in two countries’ artistic creations and develop mutual understanding.”

Adwaita Gadanayak, the Director General of the National Gallery of Modern Art, said, “The artwork is like meditation, a synthesis of time and space that has been done in layers, and once you start peeling this layer you discover the hard work everyone has put in.”

Jeong Heon Ki, the curator of this exhibition said, “Koreans have India on their bucket lists. Through this exhibition, I hope there will be more art exchange between Korea and India in the future as well.”

The Exhibition showcases artwork through different time zones, it is a mixture of the fast world we are living in and our history synthesised by using modern technology and traditional form of art.

The modern human epoch is witnessing a state of critical indifference: the trajectories of time, uncertain and in crisis are plunged into an undifferentiated abyss where everything is dissolved.

‘Difference’ is therefore a departure from the synthesis of manufactured time, which synchronises our lives and experiences, from the repetition of our past, and the rhythmic modalities of survival.

Purpose of Exhibition

The synthesis of differences can be seen as the impetus for creativity. The formulation of this exhibition is therefore crucial in bringing together contemporary art practices from Korea and India to understand the synthesis of difference, time, and place through two vastly different cultures. In bringing together diverse perspectives that question and proposes diverse ways to synthesise difference, this exhibition will explore time as a visual language. The exhibition situates works of contemporary Korean artists such as Lee Lee Nam, LeeJean Lok, and Haru Kim along with works by contemporary Indian artists such as Neha G. Verma, Paribartana Mohanty’s work on memory and ecology, Birendra Yadav’s work on labour identity, B. Ajay Sharma’s practice with time and space, Jihyoung Park’s installations reflecting on the collective consciousness, Ghazala Parveen’s visual and performance art, and Harpreet’s work has an unspoken language to understand the Synthesis of time and space across divergent cultures.

Synthesis of Time

Time is a tool to synchronise our lives and experiences: it helps us understand memory, its past, present, and future through its Spatio-temporal synthesis. Through this exhibition, we reflect on the synthesis of artistic expressions of what we deem in plain sight as two different echoes of cultural image-making and ideation. The coming together of artistic practices from Korea and India is a way to explore the synthesis of difference and how it reflects on our collective time, shared experiences, and their geographic and temporal positionality. And by mediating differences and using synthesis as a tool we can reflect upon how diverse artistic expressions can become a way to emerge out of the undifferentiated abyss and the threats of the Anthropocene to form becoming that synthesises human and everything other-than-human.

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