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Individual Presence in the System

Seeing Seoul-based Korean artist Seokmin Ko‘s series make me think a lot of deep stuff. First I was thinking about “The Law of nature”, passive-aggressive movements and the balance behind everything then the idea of not able to see ourselves came in to my mind or in other words being condemned to see our reflection.

Korean artist Seokmin Ko created self-photo series entitled “The Square”. By holding up a giant mirror, Ko reflects his surroundings at the same time camouflaging himself into his environment. His existence can only be seen through his hands, which peek out from the sides.

The artist says, “We live locked by each other’s view and even our eye views sometimes serve as surveillance over each other. When individual views tamed by cultures and customs in societies aggregate and then serve for views of groups, each individual has no choice but stays as a standardized human being hiding himself or herself. Like this, under society strongly influenced by views of group, a real individual can’t co-exist… We begin to change ourselves to become ‘A normal human being.’”

After reading his statement and how built his art around his thoughts, It is inevitable to fall in love with his project. However it is up to you how to interpret the work, the images are very interesting to browse through.

Read Seokmin Ko’s statement here

Seokmin Ko The Square

Seokmin Ko The Square

Seokmin Ko The Square

Seokmin Ko The Square

Seokmin Ko The Square

Seokmin Ko The Square

Seokmin Ko The Square

Seokmin Ko The Square

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All images © Seokmin Ko

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