Seung Woo Back – 2016 Residency Artist
Born in 1973 in Daejeon, Korea, Back studied photography in Korea. In 2001, He moved to London and later received degrees in Fine Art and Theory. His works question the unquestioned qualities of photography, such as objectivity, directness, and universality. He has been creating works that capture the space between the real and unreal, as well as the untold and invisible stories hidden around photographic images. His representative works include Real World (2004-2006, 2006-2008), Blow Up (2005-2007) and Utopia (2008-2011), Seven Days (2010-2011), Archive Project (2011), Memento (2011), Re-Establishing Shot (2012) and 18 buildings (2013).
His solo exhibition Real World (Insa Art Space, 2006) was his first exhibition in Korea. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Seoul. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions including Relativity in City (Total Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013), Birth of a Museum: The MMCA Construction Archive Project (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2013), Being Political Popular: Art at the Intersection of Popular Culture and Democracy Movements in South Korea, 1980-2010 (UCI Museum, 2012), More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness (Minneapolis Institute of Art Museum, 2012), Dreamland (Pompidou Center, 2010), archiTECHtonica (CU Art Museum, 2010), Photography Now (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2009), Double Fantasy (Marugame Genichiro Inokuma of Contemporary Art, 2009), Platform 2009 (KIMUSA, 2009), Photo on Photography (Kumho Museum of Art, 2008). Back was awarded Ilwoo Photography Award (Ilwoo Foundation) and Sajin Bipyong Award (Time Space).