NOV 30 - DEC 23, 2022


   MAR 15 - APR 16, 2023


HAN Sungpil, Lee Jeonglok, LIM Anna, KOO Seongyoun, SATA


Timmy Myeongsuk Kim


Korea Culture and Arts Centers Association


Hampyeong Museum of Art



Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Korea Sports Promotion Foundation

The virtual world 'metabus' has drawn attention. It is a 3d world where things done in real world, such as society, economy, and culture, occur the same. The coming non-real world is a place where everyone lives in a non-boundary world anytime, anywhere beyond the limitations of physical space-time. Even if you don't go to work, you can have meetings with colleagues and where you are. The dichotomy between virtuality and reality began in ancient Greece. Plato argued that the reality we live in now is only an imitation world of the idea, and that only the essential truth exists in the idea. Here, in the end, the virtual world becomes an imitation of reality and an imitation world of imitation. It is also a factor that hinders the pursuit of ideas because humans have false beliefs. Through the story of a prisoner living in a cave in Volume 7, <National>, he reveals the idea that the shadow reflected in the cave is a phenomenal world, which is an imitation of reality, and that it is an Idea that can only be seen in the cave. Through this, he criticized the phenomenon in which the truth is ignored by imitation and accepted the false reality.

In history, human has continued to think about virtuality and reality. And the photographer looks at the phenomenon world or the virtual world beyond the real, or expresses a world where reality and imitation are confused. This is inherently at odds with the basic concept of photography. After Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre officially published the daguerreotype at the French Academy of Sciences in 1839, photography changed not only conventional method of painting, but also human history. The real world enters the age of technological reproduction, and photography has become a catalyst to help new expressions in painting by creating images that have captured the moment. All of this follows the basics of photography, 'recordability' and 'replicability'. Photography, which was only a scientific tool, was recognized as an independent art genre by photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Photography, which no longer pursues record-oriented method, but has become an art itself using a camera as a tool, develops into a means of expressing beauty as a creation that captures reality and virtuality at the same time.

In this process, the photographer does not replicate the real world with artistic expressions, but derives the virtual world from the results through various expression techniques. It is an act that completely reverses the concept of recording which is the essence of camera work. And the artwork contains the results of the photographer's thinking and imagination. The exhibition <Fantasia, Virtuality and Reality> consists of the work of a photographers facing the virtual world. It heals reality and expresses sublime through the virtual world. It also discusses the mixed ambiguity of reality and virtuality. It all begins with the constant question of the boundary between space and time. The photographer overcame the limitations of photography's technology early through the act of creating things that cannot exist in the phenomenon world, and completes creative artistic expressions that are different from paintings.

Timmy Myeongsuk Kim