Edition 2012

Artist presented by Tadashi Ono

Chu Ha Chung

My photographic work focuses on the revelation of inner identity in the far corners of the society. My first work, Hea-seng-won: Psycho Prison, included such works as ‘Photographic violence: alienated elders from German society’, ‘Voices of earth: Korean farmer’ and ‘The Western sea: mud flat at the Yellow Sea, Korea’, and the most recent one also is called A Pleasant Day: people around nuclear power plants. All these works show my interest in the universal theme of life. A Pleasant Day is shown for the Discovery Award and especially the work about people living around nuclear power plants. Through frequent vis- its around the four nuclear power plants in Korea, I focused on ‘blinded fear’ existing in this district. Innate fear caused by nuclear development doesn’t have a strong influence on ordinary men. People naturally adapt themselves influenced by the optimistic advertisement of nuclear development the nation broadcasts. I tried to express the fear in a simple, calm and quite manner. Although no one speaks of this well- known fear, alienation and indifference are embedded in it. People try to become optimistic in spite of their huge anxiety. This uncritical optimism is another name for a ‘given fear.’ A peaceful daily life was created by their government. This is what I meant to describe and the reason for the title of my work, that evokes a peaceful daily life.

Chu Ha Chung

Framing by Plasticollage and Circad, Paris.
Exhibition venue: Atelier de Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers.
Framing by Plasticollage and Circad, Paris.
Exhibition venue: Atelier de Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Pernot Ricard
    • Kering
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    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture