There is a saying “Youth is never without pain.“ What does this mean exactly? The interpretation for this saying may differ accordingly. We, in our 20s, are currently living out our youth. However, despite a desperate yearning to do whatever you want right now, at times we run into the wall of reality causing us to squirm like worms. Sometimes we want to go back to a time when we had no care in the world. Nevertheless, it is not too late yet. Then let’s head on out to “YOUTH – The Fever of Youth, The Untold Story,” where various artists from all over the world express our inner souls from a youth’s perspective.
- Introducing the Exhibit
- Part 1. The Trembling Youth and a Record of their Deviation
- The first section of the exhibition might give you the impression that youth is filled with darkness and negativity. “The Trembling Youth and A Record of their Deviation” provides an honest portrayal of the life of the rebellious youth who have experienced failure and disappointment. Through the various photographs, paintings and graphics by artists from different backgrounds, they attempt to depict, from their own perspectives, how they define the meaning of being a youth. Part 1 demonstrates how the instinct of rejecting the conventional can bring out the creativity in all of us.
- Part 2. The Heart-Fluttering Moments of the Beautiful Youth
- The second section of the exhibition gives off a somewhat more different vibe compared to the first. This can be felt from the striking colors that catch our eyes at first sight. If you feel that you’ve seen enough of the sinister and rough side to youth, Part 2 will allow you get a glimpse of the brighter positive side. The everyday lives of the inexorably free-spirited youths, knowing no bounds, are portrayed through the various works of art put on display. Each heart-fluttering moment is caught on camera, showing us the infinite possibilities as youths.
- Artists Here, Artists There
- Part 1.
- Doug DuBois
- As an American photographer, Doug DuBois is best known for his series “My Last Day at Seventeen.” This series depicts the sensitivity of youths, portraying both the excitement and anxiety that they experience as they go against all odds without knowing whether they will fail or succeed.
- Kwangkee Lee
- Korean artist Kwangkee Lee suggests taking a step back from the petit bourgeois perspective of conforming to societal conventions and viewing life from a different point of view. Through his various neon installations, he attempts to express the unjust reality of our society, posing problems from a socially judgmental perspective and bringing light to these problems.
- Part 2.
- Deanna Templeton
- California-based street photographer Deanna Templeton began her career by capturing a series of surfers and skateboarders in her home town. In her photographic essay “The Swimming Pool,” she departs from her typical style and offers a look into the lives of carefree youths. Portraying an intimate, yet expressive view of the nude human form underwater, Templeton was able to capture the effervescent energy of her subjects through each still cut.
- Masha Demianova
- As she pioneers the female gaze through photography in Russia, Masha Demianova embodies the qualities of delicacy and strength in her photographs of the female form. She gives us the possibility to see more that meets the eye – not just a figure of a young delicate girl, but one that captures the untold stories of these girls.
- Our Blazing Youths
- American photographer Doug DuBois once said “We can understand one another. However, the only one who can truly understand you is yourself.” Our youth is filled with never ending possibilities and hope. Sometimes we long to break free from the chains that keep up bound and yet lose are ways in the process. At times like this, whether it be our friends and family or just people that pass through our lives, they try to understand us from their own perspectives and become our companions in life. Nevertheless, behind every beaming smile or teardrop is a story untold to others, one that you can make sense of.
It isn’t too late yet. To do what you ask? To do whatever your heart desires. Our youth only comes to us once throughout our lives. We have only now to enjoy this precious time that has been given to us. So before it’s too late, put down this magazine right away and put yourself up to a challenge! So many people live lives full of regret. However, it’s better to regret what you have done rather than what you haven’t. Our youth is our own to take control of! Just do it!
Location: 5-6 Dokseodang-ro 29-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (D MUSEUM)
Time: Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00AM - 6:00PM / Thursdays, Saturdays 10:00AM - 8:00PM
(※ Closed on every Monday and Public Holidays)
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