Han Sungpil


Sublimity and exploitation: on the relationship between humankind and nature


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In his works of art the Korean photographer Han Sungpil confronts the themes of environment, energy production, and humankind’s impact on nature. The three series in this book of photographs are distinguished by their surprising perspective, which goes beyond the visual vocabularynormally found in environmental documentations. Whether it’s a painterly French landscape featuring nuclear power plants, presented as a scene of idyllic perfection, or a search for the relics of whale hunting and coal miningin the Arctic and Antarctic, Sungpil’s photographs tell, artfully and critically, of nature’s sublimity and humankind’s overexploitation of it. Photographs of abandoned trawlers, whaling stations, and industrial ruins set in front ofmonumental, ice-covered landscapes shift the focus to the exploitation of ecological resources, leaving the viewer speechless. Sungpil was awarded the Ilwoo Foundation’s first prize for his moving works of art.Exhibition: 27.4.-15-6-2017, Ilwoo Space, Seoul

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Weight 1180 g
Dimensions 23.7 x 30.8 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 5 July 2017
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.7 x 30.8 cm
Weight 1180 g