The young Korean photographer and producer of moving images Han Sungpil mainly creates using photography, installations and videos to examine environmental questions and give thought to originalities and relationships between reality and representation.
The artist is interested in the different cultures he comes across and seeks to understand them in-depth. Eager to explore all kinds of landscapes, he sets off in discovery more of nature than of our everyday environment.
His works invite viewers to ponder a whole host of philosophical questions. He creates participatory works that interact with the public through processes that are both poetic and enjoyable. Some of his installations are virtual, surreal works in their own right.
The sensitivity with which Han Sungpil infuses his work often shows a sense of humour, all the while incorporating sublime aspects of beauty.
The artist is fascinated by clouds - all clouds - even peculiar-shaped ones that Man fashions himself.
He produced this series during a residency in September 2015 at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, as part of the Odyssée programme.
Han Sungpil au Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, 2016 - © Éric Sander
Born on 21 May 1972 in Seoul, South Korea.
From 1993 to 1999, Han Sungpil studied photography at Chung-Ang University in Korea and was awarded his BFA degree with distinction.
In 2003/2004, he enrolled on a “Curating Contemporary Design” Master taught jointly by Kingston University and the Design Museum, both in London. Hang Sungpil has taken part in several artist’s residencies across Europe. His work has been showcased worldwide in many museums, Biennal events and galleries, including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Gwacheon (Korea), the Library of the National Assembly in Seoul (Korea), the French Embassy in Seoul (Korea), the American Embassy in Seoul (Korea), the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (United States), the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai (China), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Japan), the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), the Yokohama Triennale (Japan), and the Havana Biennal (Cuba).