Stories & Projects

Open Lecture: Han Sungpil on the Architecture for, and of, Photography

The Ivy Space

Thursday May 2nd, globally acclaimed visual artist Han Sungpil lectured with the aim to demonstrate how architecture has inspired his photography, and more importantly, how his work may return the favor by hopefully inspiring the architects of our future.

When planted in the right soil of creativity, a seed of inspiration can grow into an inspirational work of art. Yes, an "inspirational work of art," as the outcome of a creative effort based on inspiration can become yet a new inspiration for new creative efforts, just like how an apple seed can become the mother of many more apples. For instance, it was Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Woman, various Ukiyo-e works and Aristophanes' Lysistrata which respectively inspired the Laura Mvula song of the same name, the entire career of Vincent van Gogh and Mai Zetterling's The Girls.

The aim of this event featuring  globally acclaimed visual artist Han Sungpil was to demonstrate how architecture has inspired his photography, and more importantly, how his work may return the favor by hopefully inspiring the architects of our future. Over the past 15 years, various works of architecture, from a more than 1300 years-old Korean pagoda to a few World War II coal mines in the Arctic and many others in between, have been the subject matter of Han Sungpil. His camera has been focused on not only the aesthetic representation of the buildings, but also in what environmental, historic and cultural contexts they are embedded. By doing so, his works gives its viewers the opportunity to ponder on how architects were motivated to build each building in their respective contexts, and how well, or not well, the buildings fit into them. One may take a step even further, by exercising their insight into how the dialectic between the buildings and their people have deconstructed the past and constructed the future, thus bring us to where we are today.

Picture: The Ivy Space, by Han Sungpil

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