Place matters here, as Drifting Terrain is firstly rooted on the geological sphere of these two localities – Lewisham and Embankment at large. Given the different locations of the KCCUK and Lewisham Arthouse, ultimately linked to representing different communities and cultural codes, the exhibition aims to over-lap each other’s boundary and space, to question the distinction of ‘centre’ and ‘periphery’, and to highlight the possibility of sharing the urban space and reconnecting through art.
By constantly blurring the boundaries and shifting our perceptions, these three artists bring their works and practices into the KCCUK as a way to redefine the space within a socio-political context.
Nia Fekri’s video work Mother’s Apricot Compote conveys, through the monologues of two women who are geographically separated, personal and familial memories tied to the experience of migration. By reciting their own stories, the two protagonists, through the apricot fruit preserved in sugar, form a solidarity based on yearning. The spaces they occupy transcend the barriers of physics and become a living, organic presence that is forever moving and drifting, that brings together people, and the past and the present.
Whilst Nia’s work focuses on the social and personal aspects of space, Euphrosyne Andrews in turn looks at the relationship between the public and private space. Inspired by parks and shared spaces across the UK, her new works include an architecturally scaled structure that overlays industrial materials with the domestic patterns seen on curtains and carpets, and a site-specific installation mirroring the ornate facades of the architecture directly opposite. The works address how material associations can shape our interactions within the public realm, questioning the invisible power dynamic and hierarchy embedded into spaces.
Seungwon Jung takes on an even bigger lens to look into the relationship between human and the environment, and recreates time and space through textile and her craftmanship. The Digital Strata series is a work of tapestry whereby textile patterns are extracted from digital images of the strata. These geological layers represent the accumulated time of the earth over a vast period and the history of this space becomes a personal record through the artist’s labour and time taken to complete the weaving.
Through a wide range of materials and art-making practices, the exhibition aims to reposition our viewpoints of the understanding of the topography of where we are placed and where we belong.
- Date: 18 March – 20 May
- Private View: 17 March, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Booking closed
- Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK
Euphrosyne Andrews is an artist and educator who currently lives and works in London. Having graduated from Glasgow School of Art (2015) with BA in Fine Art, Euphrosyne moved to London to take up a scholarship to study at the Royal Drawing School on their postgraduate programme. She has received awards for her work within printmaking and expanded fields, including the Philip Reeves Award, Glasgow Print Studio, Print Futures, Hope Scott Trust, Eaton Trust and AN awards. Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at KARST gallery in Plymouth, accompanied by a major new public artwork commission.
Nia Fekri is an Iranian-British artist living and working in London. She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2020. Nia works in variety of mediums which include moving-image, writing, bookbinding, and performance. Nia’s work often deals with modes of storytelling and conversation. She is driven by a need to register the fragmentary and ghostly nature of immigrant experiences, familial relationships, fictions and memory. Her recent exhibitions and screenings include, <Trippin’ Over My Tongue> Barbican Centre, The Hyde Park Picture House, London and Leeds; <Reflections: Part 2: Female Voice In Moving Image>, Workplace Gallery, London; <Collective Moments: Muslim Sisterhood Takeover>, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Seungwon Jung is an artist based in London. After receiving her BFA from Chung-Ang University, South Korea in Fine Art Photography, she relocated to London where she achieved an MFA in Fine Art Media from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art. She is the recipient of several awards including The Photographers’ Gallery New Talent Award and Wells Art Contemporary Awards. Her recent exhibitions include <MoPS Talent Portfolio>, The Museum of Photography, Seoul; <TPG New Talent>, The Photographers’ Gallery, London; <Secrets on the Way>, <Redress>, UCL Art Museum, London. Her work was featured in international magazines and publications including <The Guardian>, United Kingdom; <LensCulture Magazine>, United Kingdom; <Musée Magazine>, United States; <X = Y Magazine>, Netherlands; <Photo Art Magazine>, South Korea.