Power play Opening


Curator's Introduction: Aaron Cezar

Artist's Statement: Soyoung Chung

Artists' Statement: Lantian Xie and Jaebum Kim


The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) and Delfina Foundation are pleased to present Power play, an exhibition across both venues featuring solo and newly-commissioned collaborative works which expose, trace and interrogate power dynamics through humour, subversion and provocation.

Curated by Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation, Power play takes its cue from Jacques Derrida’s The Politics of Friendship (1994), in which the philosopher approaches the notion of friendship as a way to rethink the political, drawing connections between friendship, citizenship and democracy. Such ideas are particularly pertinent to the activities of the exhibition’s partners: Delfina Foundation, as an international artist residency based in London; KCCUK, which seeks to promote understanding of and relations with Korea in the UK through cultural and educational activities; and SongEun ArtSpace in Seoul, a long-time residency partner with Delfina Foundation, which pioneered the project and staged an iteration of the exhibition in late 2018.

Spanning a wide variety of media, the artworks address relationships between people and the environment, artists and audiences, guests and hosts, individuals and states, and between states themselves. In addition to solo works by all participating artists, the exhibition features specially-commissioned collaborative works by artists who first met whilst in residence at Delfina Foundation exploring the nature of their friendship and the relationship between their respective practices.


Invited by Delfina Foundation Director Aaron Cezar, curator of the exhibition, the 11 former resident artists of Delfina Foundation included in this major group show are: Jungju An (South Korea), Fayçal Baghriche (Algeria/France), Jungki Beak (South Korea), Soyoung Chung (South Korea), Zuza Golinska (Poland), Jeremy Hutchison (UK), Jaebum Kim (South Korea), Bona Park (South Korea), Oscar Santillan (Ecuador/The Netherlands), Jasmijn Visser (The Netherlands/Germany), and Lantian Xie (UAE).


Power play is co-presented by Delfina Foundation and the Korean Cultural Centre UK. The exhibition was developed in partnership with SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Korea, who presented Delfina in SongEun: Power play at SongEun ArtSpace in Seoul in late 2018.

With thanks to the Mondriaan Fund and the Netherlands Embassy in Seoul for their support towards Jasmijn Visser and Oscar Santillan.

The exhibition is receiving support to travel to London from the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) in collaboration with Laurence Geoffrey’s, with additional support from Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons, and the Goethe Institute, London.


Korean Cultural Centre UK
Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, WC2N 5BW
Mon - Fri, 10:00 – 18:00
Sat, 11:00 – 17:00

Delfina Foundation
29/31 Catherine Place, London, SW1E 6DY
Mon - Fri, 11:00 – 18:00
Sat, 12:00 – 18:00

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