BAKi

Imbued with his experience as a soloist in the National Ballet of Korea, photographer BAKi aka Park KwiSub now choreographs his photographic oeuvre with an implacable precision and expressiveness. While his style  can be linked to the tradition of “Dance Photography” as initiated by Arnold Genthe (1869-1942), BAKi transcends the role of the photographer. His work isn’t about capturing the aesthetic of an instant or rendering the essence of a dance through the prism of his own vision. Mastering both disciplines, dance and photography, BAKi submits our eyes to his inner energy and unfolds it in space. These landscapes of transitory intensity are mapped through three series entitled “Ink”, “Shadow” and “Vision”.  With this in mind, his creations can be understood as a place where the expression of the dancer’s movement can be initiated and further developed. Each gesture’s modulations and polarities creates a character which the artist enhances in his studio through a rigorous command of the set-up.  His photographs are staged like ritornello or interludes where he orchestres bodies in convolutions or interlocked in geometrical patterns.

Sometimes free from all muscular tension, sometimes constrained and controlled, BAKi stalls the dynamic flux of his models from their context only to replace them in an alien environment; the dancers transformed into keynotes evolving on a music sheet, the tutus become flower petals, their traces calligraphic strokes. Just like Rudolf Laban (1879-1958), BAKi investigates the body not as a vehicle of movement and emotions, but as a malleable and sensory medium instinctively comprehended by an imagination inherent to both a personal as well as a collective history. Influenced by the aesthetic of Lois Greenfield, he however manages to detach himself from it by merging movement, scenery and photography in order to articulate a unique pictorial language relying on aphorism.

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EDUCATION
2006-2010 Danseur Soliste pour le Ballet National de Corée
2002 Université Nationale des Arts de Corée (Spécialité Ballet)

SOLO SHOWS
2017
Art in the Glass, Seoul (South Korea)
Express, Olivia Park Gallery, Seoul (South Korea)
2016
Imagination (Shadow/Vision), Mapo Art Center, Seoul (South Korea)
2015
K-Arts 20th Commemorative Performance & Dancer Photo Exhibition, Seoul Art Center, Seoul (South Korea)
2014
Communication, Gangdong Art Center, Seoul (South Korea)
2013
Solo Show, 2nd Dance Festival of Gangdong Art Center, Seoul (South Korea)

GROUP SHOWS
2017
8thYMCA + YWCA, Imazoo Gallery  Seoul (South Korea)
Refresh Angle, Elle Gallery, Seoul (South Korea)
Superior Foundation, Seoul (South Korea)
2016
Anna Pavlova Ballet Photo Contest, Roma (Italy)
Art&Life, Art Space Ben, Seoul (South Korea)
Mix & Match, Korean Cultural Center, Shanghai (China)


AWARDS
2016
Anna Pavlova Ballet Photography Contest (portrait category) (Russia & Italy)
2015
Special Award for Photographic Techniques, National Advertising Competition, (Korea)
Appreciation Plaque for Antismoking Commercial, The Ministry of Health & Welfar (Korea)

COMMISSIONS
2016
Photographer of the Chongdong Theater (South Korea)
2011-2016
Photographer of the National Ballet Company (South Korea)
2013-2016
Photographer of the Seoul Performing Arts Company (South Korea)
2015
Photography Director for the Korean National Dance Company ((South Korea)
Photography Director for the LDP Modern Dance Company (South Korea)
Photography Director for the Gwangju City Ballet Company (South Korea)
 

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