The Western Mirror

Curated by Tom Finkelpearl
Man + Space, Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, South Korea
29 March – 7 June, 2000

Ellen Harvey, Julie Heffernan, Nikki S. Lee, Janieta Eyre, Amy Adler, Glenn Ligon, John Coplans, Rachelle Viader Knowles, Sandra Skolnik, Michael Davis, Susanna Coffey, Su-en Wong, Norman Yonemoto, Lyle Ashton Harris, Chuck Close

“人 (Man)” is a pictograph that symbolizes a standing man, and implies that man is the most precious among creatures, while the pictograph “間 (Space)” originally symbolizes the gap between doors. In a broader sense, it is used to refer to distance, relationships, intervals, the center, a border, or contact. In terms of culture, “人(man)”, alongside “間 (Space),” represents man as a social being by deconstructing and rebuilding the original meaning of each pictograph. In this way, the theme of Man+Space was an attempt to dismantle all past contradictions and divisions in human lives and construct a new notion of living.

ID Card Project

Painted copies of photographs from each of the artist’s identity cards, hung in ascending chronological order.

Excerpt from Exhibition Catalog