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533 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
June 14th, 2012 - July 14th, 2012
Opening: June 14th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm



Seung Woo Back

June 14 – July 14, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14, 6-8pm


DOOSAN Gallery New York is pleased to introduce ‘Memento,’ a solo exhibition of Seung Woo Back, from June 14 to July 14, 2012. The exhibition features eight series of his latest works which created by sixty-four photographs.


The exhibition presents Memento series, which accompanied the photographs he bought at the flea markets during his visit to the United States. Back deliberately made first selection among his collection of 50,000 photographs then seven of his colleagues made final selection and named them after their personal tastes and individual’s memories. In this manner, eight people imbued new significant to the non-attributable photographs, thus its original intention has vanished and distorted by fallacy. Throughout the process, Back suggests the photography’s capability of multiple interpretations beyond one-sidedness reality and potential dangers of its rash judgment.


Back has sought to expand the scope of photography as a medium by questioning its nature and function inside out of his practice. He intends to focus the essential of photography by rejecting its general acceptation, a documentational method via pursuing the definition and aspect of photography in contemporary art.


Seung Woo Back was born in 1973 in Daejon, Korea. He received B.F.A. and M.F.A. in photography from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea, M.F.A. in Fine Art and Theory from Middlesex University in London, U.K. He has had solo exhibitions at Artsonje Center (2011, Seoul, Korea), Misashin Gallery (2011, Tokyo, Japan), Ilwoo Space (2010, Seoul, Korea), Gana Art New York (2009, New York, USA), and Foil Gallery (2007, Tokyo, Japan). His works has also been included in group exhibitions at Santa Barbara Museum of Art (2010, Santa Barbara, USA), CU Art Museum (2010, Colorado, USA), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2010, Taiwan, China), The Museum of Fine Arts (2009, Houston, USA), National Museum of Contemporary Art (2009, Gwacheon, Korea), Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (2009, Kagawa, Japan) and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009, San Francisco, USA).



About DOOSAN Gallery and DOOSAN Residency in New York


DOOSAN   Gallery New York and DOOSAN Residency New York are dedicated to discovery of and support for young and emerging Korean artists. Managed by DOOSAN YONKANG Foundation in Seoul, Korea, DOOSAN Gallery New York is Korea’s first non-profit organization to be officially recognized by the State of New York and the New York City Department of Education. The organization provides artists with resources, such as studio and exhibition space and housing in New   York City. The organization’s mission is to serve as a gateway to significant exposure and opportunities for the artists by nurturing their creativity and helping them share their work with a broader audience.