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《A New Gaze 3: Heatwave》

Dongkyun Vak Solo Exhibition
2022.05.20 – 2022.07.01
Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00
Vontobel, Gotthardstrasse 43, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
Artist Dongkyun Vak
Curated by Georgina Casparis(Curator Art Vontobel), Luisa Baselgia(former curator Art Vontobel), Urs Stahel(freelance Curator, Writer, Lecturer and Advisor to Art Vontobel)
Curatorial and production team Anna Konstantinova, Catharina Hanreich 
Graphic design by Teo Schifferli

Sponsored by Vontobel

Following North America and Africa, «A New Gaze 3» is dedicated to contemporary photography in East and Southeast Asia. The winner, Dongkyun Vak (born 1992, South Korea), impressed the jury with his project idea of investigating the conflict between humans, nature, and technology in the Anthropocene.

Dongkyun Vak dedicated himself to the conflict between people, nature, and technology. «To assume responsibility for the environment, innovative technologies and ‘ecofriendly design’, including electric cars and air purifiers, will increasingly shape our everyday life. The invisible power behind these changes is technology, which seems to be both the cause and the solution for the ecological challenges of the Anthropocene», says Vak in relation to his work.

This conflict is also reflected in the aesthetics of his imagery. It shows both the seductiveness and the disconcerting nature of the environment characterized by new technologies. Thus, in his images, even living animals appear like artefacts robbed of their life.

Rising Stars for 2022
January 2022
By Sophie Gladstone

“Photographer Dongkyun Vak turns objects of purpose into works of art”

Our Next Generation 2022 showcase shines a light on 22 outstanding graduates from around the globe, in seven creative fields. We profile photographer Dongkyun Vak, a graduate of Korea National University of Arts, Seoul.

The series ‘Artifacts’ has been featured in the January 2022 Next Generation issue of Wallpaper*.


Dongkyun Vak Solo Exhibition
2021.10.28 - 11.19
MON - SUN 12:00 - 18:00 (Every day)
SOSHO, 32-4, Bukchon-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Graphic design JAEHOON CHOI
Space design DAEYOUNG KO
Sponsored by Seoul Metropolitan Government, SFAC

“Dongkyun Vak’s second solo exhibition <B777> is a photo exhibition showing the airplane. For Vak, airplanes are not just streamlined machines with long wings and fuselage. To him, airplanes appear to be a huge system that moves through sophisticated combinations of numerous humans and non-humans, including mechanical components and aviation mechanics, airport and control systems, aviation industry and international politics, passengers and crew. The artist's plane includes his own story, which implies the endless story of countless people. <B777> shows about 30 photos representing the details of enormous airplanes one by one. Viewers can assemble these pictures to make airplanes or imagine some other objects during the exhibition.” - Daewon Hwang(curator)