Kyungwoo Chun (b. 1969) is a Seoul-based artist who attained international recognition through his photographic portraits. Since the early 2000s, performance has risen parallel to his photography — both temporally limited processes. Chun has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in Europe and Korea, and his performances have taken place across Europe, and in Seoul, Mumbai, and New York. Essential to his practice is the sensitization to an altered perception of time and the intensification of a dialogue with oneself and others.
Kyungwoo Chun’s works are based on situations and encounters revolving around the concept of empathy. With his two works for Helsinki Biennial, he wishes to remind us of the importance of speaking and listening, especially during this age when our lives are ruled by a constant barrage of information, social media and consumerism.
Chun seeks to reinstate the role of the listener and narrator, inviting us to use our imagination and encounter both ourselves and others. Co-created with the exhibition visitors, he will produce two installations for Vallisaari Island as participatory pieces: Bird Listener (2020) and Islands of Island (2020).