About ISKAI

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Based in London, but working across Asia and Europe, ISKAI Contemporary Art commissions and produces unique public art projects by outstanding contemporary artists. ISKAI collaborates with various institutions to bridge different cultures, arts and dialogues, specialising in trans-cultural activities promoting Contemporary artists of Asia in Europe.ISKAI combines artistic advice, curatorial service and project management to form a comprehensive consultation for public and private sector organisations seeking to commission works of art or develop collections of contemporary art and design. ISKAI works with artists, policy makers and implementers within the public and private sectors. They carry out research, support events, deliver training, and commission new writings as well as publications.

April 2011- Present        ISKAI Contemporary Art (www.iskaiart.com)

 

Director

  • Curated <JIkji, the Golden Seed>, 1st Jikji Korea International Festival, Cheongju Cultural Centre,          Korea (1 -9 Sept ’16)
  • Curated <Shenyang, KBEE>, Shenyang, China (June ’16)
  • Curated <Cutlog Paris>, Paris Hotel de l’Industrie, (22-24 Oct ’15)

     •     Curated <Silent Movies>, Cavendish Square, London (17-19 Oct ’15)

     •     Curated Singapore Open Media Festival, Gilman Barrack (29 May – 31 May ’15)

  • Directed & curated <Sleepers in Venice: Purgatory of Desires> Venice during the Venice Biennale 2015, Calle de Carbon, Venice (7 May – 8 June ’15)
  • Curated <Heritage, Legacy &Light> exhibition at UNESCO HQ Paris (6 – 10 Oct ’14)

•     Curated & Collaborated <Start> Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery in Collaboration with Gallery Koo (’14)

  • Directed & curated <Crystallize : New Media Art Lab UK & Korea> exhibition hosted by KOTRA        (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency) for the official Korean Presidential visit to the UK

at Old Billingsgate (4 Nov ’13 – 6 Nov ’13)

•     Directed < A Soldier’s Tale> exhibition marking the 130th Anniversary of UK-Republic of Korea Diplomatic

Relations & the 60th Anniversary of the Ceasefire of the Korean War; Asia House (8 July ’13 – 20 July ’13)

•     Directed <Terra Galaxia: City States>, managed and hosted the Korea Pavilion at the

Liverpool Biennial 2012(15 Sept ‘12 – 28 Nov ‘12)

•     Charity Art Auction, commissioned by art magazine ‘Auditorium’; Royal Yacht Club (30 May ’12)

•     Directed <Stafford Terrace> exhibition (1 May ’12 – 27 May ’12)

•     Directed <’White Nights’ with Moritz Waldemeyer>, a public art installation at Times Square, Seoul

(8 Dec ’11- 30 Jan ’12)

•     Selected for invited curator-artist pair for Moscow Biennial for Young Art 2012

•     Provided KBS News Live commentary during Britain’s Royal Wedding, 2012

•     Special Lecture, ‘Contemporary Art Talk Series’, University College London, University of London

•     Invited to <International Curatorial Forum> at Yokohama Triennale 2011

•     Currently writing monthly columns for performing arts magazine Auditorium and reviews for

Photo Art Magazine

April 2007- March 2011  Korean Cultural Centre UK, Embassy of the Republic of Koreas

Chief Exhibition Manager

•     Curated 13 shows

 

Future’s Future’s Future (2 Dec -19 Feb ’11)

Media Landscape, Zone East (27 Oct- 20 Nov ’10) featuring 20 artists from all over Asia

Asian Media Art (Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool, 18 Sept- 28 Nov ’10) ‘City States, Liverpool Biennial 2010

PRESENT FROM THE PAST: the 60th Commemoration of the Korean War (16 June – 17 July 2010) Supervisions: UK Korean Artists &Designers(3 Dec’09 -6 Feb ’10)

Buddha Speaks with a New Voice: Who am I? (10 Apr’10-29 May’10)

Earth Alert (13 Oct-28 Nov’09) – also shown in Korea,Daelim Museum of Art, supported by British Council

Crossfields: Young Korean Artists in London (30 Jul-16 Sep) “Hangul=Spirit: Inspired by Korean Characters” (30 Mar-16 May) Shine a Light : CHOI JEONG HWA (29 Jan-21 Mar)

Entry Forms: UK Korean Artists (9 Dec- 15 Jan) Vessels: Ceramicists from Korea &UK(12Aug-25Sep) Contemporary Korean Art from MOCA Art Bank (27Mar-16May)

 

•     Managed 12 shows (in collaboration with various institutions and museums) and built 1 permanent display

•     Initiated & Successfully completed Charity Auction PRESENT FROM THE PAST (8 & 11 Oct) with

Sotheby’s, Royal British Legion to raise funds for the Relief Fund of The British Korean Veterans Association.

 

May 2005 Feb 2007      Cultural & Entertainment Ltd. & Korean Anglican Community Centre (London, U.K.) Senior Art Director, Festival Coordinator

 

•     Commissioner, 1st Auction of Korean Ceramics (Bonham’s Auction House)

•     Exhibition Director, Modern Korean Ceramics: Traditional yet Contemporary (Air Gallery)

•     Director, ‘The 1st Korea Day’ (Victoria & Albert Museum)

•     Festival Coordinator/ Web Director, ‘The 3rd London Korean Festival’

(Film festival, Media Art Show, Classic Concert, and Rock concert at British Museum, Prince Charles Cinema, Charlotte Street Hotel, St. Giles Church)

•     Communication Officer, Ministry of Culture & Tourism Korea for feasibility study to

consider Holy Trinity Church (Sir John Soane) in London as a potential Korea Cultural Centre site

(Sept – Nov ‘05)