Returning from his photographic studies in Germany, the artist Kyungwoo Chun undertook a Sa-Jin approach to reveal the complexity of identity. A Korean term dating to the 14th century, Sa-Jin loosely translates as “depiction of the truth or soul.” In sessions ranging from nine minutes to six days, Chun created photographic portraits that involve a dialogue between the subject and the photographer as the sitter looks directly into the camera. The resulting images record a journey that Chun believes peels away the visible to make manifest the invisible.


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Artist
Kyungwoo Chun, Korean, born 1969
Title
aa (70 minutes)
Date
2004, printed 2006
Medium
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
Image: 11 3/4 × 15 11/16 in. (29.8 × 39.8 cm) Sheet: 13 3/8 × 17 3/8 in. (34 × 44.1 cm) Frame: 20 5/8 × 24 5/8 × 1 1/2 in. (52.4 × 62.5 × 3.8 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Anne Wilkes Tucker in honor of Song Youngsook, Director of the Museum of Photography, Seoul

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2007.220
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen, Belgium]; purchased by MFAH, 2007.