Jingyeong Sansu – Mountains with spiritual energy by Seunggu Kim

Jingyeong Sansu is a Korean traditional aesthetic term which means continuous observation of nature and harmony with nature, and is also the official name of the new residential style shown in these photographs. Photographer Seunggu Kim has won 2020 the First Prize in the Life Framer Open Call and is the Grand Prix Winner 2019 at TIPC, Tokyo International Photography Competition.
  • Jingyeong Sansu by Seunggu Kim (36) E-Pyeonhansesang, 2019

 


“The perfect place!”

‘A city made of cement, iron, and glass is a fire. Next to the apartment complex, the Han River flows with the Korean’s life and history.

The only thing that will make tender of the hard, fast fierce fire storm is the soft, calm slow-flowing water. Man gets the essence of life by the water.

When the city’s fires make tender by the river, the energy inside of us becomes clear and intense. ‘Blue sky, a good place to have friends the mellow Han river’

(One of South Korea’s construction companies)

"The integration of cherished landscapes into city settings is not a new sensation, and artificial waterfalls and mountains have been commonplace additions to parks, arboreta, and restaurants throughout the urban expansion of Seoul." (Catherine Troiano, Curator, National Photography Collections, National Trust, London)
East Asians traditionally consider "Feng Shui", when they lease or buy a house. The belief is based on "the theory of Yin, Yang and the Five Elements of the universe". In this regard, mountains with spiritual energy are called "noted mountains". Recent trend in Korean housing culture is to copy and recreate the holiest mountain in an apartment complex. It increases the value of the apartment, and at the same time, residents have some psychological satisfaction. The traditional belief that the sacred mountain gives luck, health, and fortune is in our collective unconsciousness. It is not just 'Kitsch' (Camp), it is a mixture of past and modern symbols called "Noted Mountains and Luxury Apartments" with "Feng Shui", that are presenting a new shamanistic landscape in a modern city.
Seunggu Kim
has worked on this series from 2011 to 2020. He has visited around 30 apartment complexes with rock gardens and tree-covered hills.

Select recent milestones include:

Ten by Ten, Houston FotoFest; Grand Prix Winner, Tokyo International Photography Competition; Korean Photographer’s Fellowship of the year, KT&G; The Finalist of 2018 Art Photography, Lens Culture; Supported Artist of 2019 Solo Exhibition, Filter Space; The Korea Society, Aperture Gallery, and The UPI Gallery in New York; Filter Space in Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland; Laney Contemporary Fine Art in Savannah; Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing

New book, BAM ISLET, was published by KT&G Sangsangmadang in 2019.

Jimei X Arles Photo Festival 2018
Filter Space, 2019
New book, BAM ISLET, was published by KT&G Sangsangmadang in 2019

Read also an article about this series on CNN

Education

2012 M.F.A in Department of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts, Korea

2007 Department of Photography, Sangmyung University, Korea

  

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Better Days, The Korea Society, New York

2019 Better Days, Filter Space, Chicago

2019 Bam Islet, KT&G Sangsangmadang Gallery, Seoul

2018 A Day Trip, Artbit Gallery, Seoul

2017 Better Days, SongEun ArtStorage: White Cube Project, Seoul

2017 City of Glass, BMW Photo Space, Busan

2016 Envisaged in a dream, Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul

2015 A List of Landscapes, SongEun Art Cube, Seoul 

  

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Information, Fotografiska, New York

2020 Ten by Ten, FotoFest, Houston

2019 KT&G SKOPF Artist of the year, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan

2019 Beyond Boundaries, Aperture Gallery, New York

2019 Format International Photography Festival, Quad, Derby

2019 Greetings from South Korea, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing

2019 Photo London, Somerset House, London, UK

2019 Aint-Bad: Collaborations, Laney Contemporary Fine Art, Savannah 

2019 Need/Want, 72 Gallery, Tokyo

2019 Need/Want, The UPI Gallery, New York

2019 Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast

2019 PhotoIreland, The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland, Dublin

2019 Need/Want, No. 3, 4 Warehouse, Taipei

2018 Ring Ring Belt, Donuimun Open Creative Village, Seoul

2018 Jimei X Arles Photo Festival, Xiamen

2018 Role-playing: Rewriting Mythologies, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu

2017 Gyeonggi Art Prism 2017, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art

2016 50X50, Art Sonje, Seoul

2015 Summer Love, SongEun Art Space, Seoul

2015 Our Happy day, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

   

Awards (with Grants)

2020 Summer Open Artist, Aperture Foundation, New York  

2020 Open Call - First Prize, Life Framer

2019 Ten by Ten, Houston FotoFest 

2019 Grand Prix Winner, Tokyo International Photography Competition  

2019 Ones to Watch, British Journal of Photography  

2019 Fund for Korean Art Abroad, Korea Arts Management Service, Seoul 

2018 Korean Photographer's Fellowship-Final Artist of the year, KT&G Sangsangmadang

2018 Selected as a 'Supported Artist of 2019 Solo Exhibition', 

Filter Space, Chicago

2018 Finalist of 2018 Art Photography Awards, Lens Culture, Amsterdam

2018 Selected as an Artist for Funds to Support the Solo Exhibition, The Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture  

2017 Solo Exhibition Support Award, GoEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Busan

2016 Selected as an Artist for funds to Support the Solo Exhibition, The Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture

2014 Solo Exhibition Support Award, SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Seoul

  

Public Collection

2020 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, US

2018 National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art , Art Bank, Korea  

2017 Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art , Ansan, Korea  

2017 GoEun Photo Museum, Busan, Korea

2010 Dong-gang Photo Museum, Yeongwol, Korea

Education

2012 M.F.A in Department of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts, Korea

2007 Department of Photography, Sangmyung University, Korea

  

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Better Days, The Korea Society, New York

2019 Better Days, Filter Space, Chicago

2019 Bam Islet, KT&G Sangsangmadang Gallery, Seoul

2018 A Day Trip, Artbit Gallery, Seoul

2017 Better Days, SongEun ArtStorage: White Cube Project, Seoul

2017 City of Glass, BMW Photo Space, Busan

2016 Envisaged in a dream, Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul

2015 A List of Landscapes, SongEun Art Cube, Seoul 

  

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Information, Fotografiska, New York

2020 Ten by Ten, FotoFest, Houston

2019 KT&G SKOPF Artist of the year, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan

2019 Beyond Boundaries, Aperture Gallery, New York

2019 Format International Photography Festival, Quad, Derby

2019 Greetings from South Korea, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing

2019 Photo London, Somerset House, London, UK

2019 Aint-Bad: Collaborations, Laney Contemporary Fine Art, Savannah 

2019 Need/Want, 72 Gallery, Tokyo

2019 Need/Want, The UPI Gallery, New York

2019 Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast

2019 PhotoIreland, The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland, Dublin

2019 Need/Want, No. 3, 4 Warehouse, Taipei

2018 Ring Ring Belt, Donuimun Open Creative Village, Seoul

2018 Jimei X Arles Photo Festival, Xiamen

2018 Role-playing: Rewriting Mythologies, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu

2017 Gyeonggi Art Prism 2017, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art

2016 50X50, Art Sonje, Seoul

2015 Summer Love, SongEun Art Space, Seoul

2015 Our Happy day, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

   

Awards (with Grants)

2020 Summer Open Artist, Aperture Foundation, New York  

2020 Open Call - First Prize, Life Framer

2019 Ten by Ten, Houston FotoFest 

2019 Grand Prix Winner, Tokyo International Photography Competition  

2019 Ones to Watch, British Journal of Photography  

2019 Fund for Korean Art Abroad, Korea Arts Management Service, Seoul 

2018 Korean Photographer's Fellowship-Final Artist of the year, KT&G Sangsangmadang

2018 Selected as a 'Supported Artist of 2019 Solo Exhibition', 

Filter Space, Chicago

2018 Finalist of 2018 Art Photography Awards, Lens Culture, Amsterdam

2018 Selected as an Artist for Funds to Support the Solo Exhibition, The Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture  

2017 Solo Exhibition Support Award, GoEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Busan

2016 Selected as an Artist for funds to Support the Solo Exhibition, The Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture

2014 Solo Exhibition Support Award, SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Seoul

  

Public Collection

2020 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, US

2018 National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art , Art Bank, Korea  

2017 Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art , Ansan, Korea  

2017 GoEun Photo Museum, Busan, Korea

2010 Dong-gang Photo Museum, Yeongwol, Korea

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