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  • Tae-kyu Park



    Escaping Gwangju, 2002
    paint on plywood
    each: 103 × 73 cm, 170 × 70 cm, 182 × 182 cm
    Courtesy of the artist

    Escaping Gwangju, 2002
    75.5 × 51.5 cm
    Courtesy of the artist


    Escaping Gwangju was originally presented in former military police barracks during the exhibition Stay of Execution, curated by Wan- kyung Sung in 2002. Installed in the dining quarters of the military police, the project Escaping Gwangju included banners and posters of the fictional movie Gwangju Exodus. The poster-paintings advertised a never-made movie about a low-ranking soldier trying to escape the memories of tortures and brutal interrogations that were once conducted in the dining quarters—those where the works of art were presented in 2002. In addition to painted posters, Park created standees for the fictive movie and printed copies of his posters that were displayed throughout the city and also distributed among the public.


    Tae-kyu Park (b. 1965 Hampyeong, Korea) graduated from the Department of Art, Honam University in 1991. Influenced by the characteristic of propaganda art closely associated Gwangju, Park has produced banner paintings, flags, and painting of martyrs, which is also in line with his practice of realistic painting, participatory art, and environmental activism. He is known for hand-painted movie posters produced from 1997 to 2001 at the Gwangju Theater. In 2000, Park established “Artists Thinking of the Environment”, that runs activities related to the urban environment and an art school for children to draw nature. He is currently the chairman of the Gwangju Fine Arts Association. His recent solo exhibitions include Theater Exhibition: There Is Someone Here (Gwangju Theater, Korea, 2015), and Remembrance (Zamwol Museum, Hampyeong, Korea, 2014). His work has also participated in May Exhibition: Hypnosis-Intentional Situational Awareness (Gwangju Museum of Art – Geumnam Street, Korea, 2013) and the 5th Gwangju Biennale (2004).