Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) at Rivington Place


Top: Park Chan-kyong, Sindoan (still), 2007. Film. Bottom: Lina Selander, Silphium (still), 2014. Film.

Park Chan-kyong: Pa-Gyong 

(Last Sutra Recitation)

Lina Selander: Open System – Silphium and Other Works

14 January–21 March 2015

Preview: 13 January 2015, 6:30pm
Panel discussion on Practice International: 13 January, 4pm
Walking tour with the artists:
13 January, 6pm

Rivington Place
London, EC2A 3BA
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Thursday 11am–9pm,
Saturday noon–6pm
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Iniva is delighted to present two solo exhibitions of selected work by Swedish artist Lina Selander and Korean artist and filmmaker Park Chan-kyong, juxtaposed for the first time, from 14 January to 21 March 2015, at Rivington Place.

The exhibitions are curated by Binna Choi and Lisa Rosendahl, initiators along with Grant Watson of Practice International, an EU-Culture-funded research project exploring what internationalism might be, based on practices of trans-national ethics and politics and the legacy of various colonial periods in the context of contemporary art.

Park Chan-kyong: Pa-Gyong–Last Sutra Recitation curated by Binna Choi
Mixed media. Exhibition Space 1

This first solo presentation of works by South Korean artist Park Chan-kyong presents a series of his latest film and documentary works. These offer a new perspective on folk religious practices such as shamanism and utopian religious communities, from the period of colonisation and the Cold War to the present time. By deepening his focus on the division of Korea into South and North—and the ensuing Cold War politics as a dominant societal structure—Park’s latest enquiry into the practice of shamanism in Korea’s so-called “post-secular” time, reconfigures a way in which art and cultural practice engages with political trauma and the repressed. The exhibition is contextualised by the presentation of various materials that punctuate Park’s research trajectories, and as a consequence highlight his practice not only as an artist but also as an activist, writer and curator.

Lina Selander: Open System – Silphium and Other Works curated by Lisa Rosendahl
Films. Exhibition Space 2

This exhibition comprises three recent films by Selander: SilphiumModel of Continuation, & Anteroom of the Real together with a selection of materials from the artist’s working archive. Characteristic of Selander’s work is the use of film to build dense layers of images and meaning, through which contemporary society is connected with history and the pre-historic. At the core of her enquiry lies a continuous questioning of the concept and materiality of the image. Selander’s work repeatedly asks us to reconsider the status of the image—as representation, memory, object, imprint or surface—and our relationship to it.

Iniva’s solo exhibitions of Park Chan-kyong and Lina Selander bring together synergies within the artists’ practices. Both artists move between documentary forms and the structure of the visual essay as a way to investigate the construction of collective imaginations. In recent works they have explored different manifestations of the utopian aspirations of modernity, political trauma and the role that image-making and the media of film and photography have played in the development of modern society.

Practice International is an initiative of Casco-Office for Art, Design & Theory (Utrecht),Iaspis (Stockholm), and Iniva (London). Park Chan-kyong’s exhibition is made possible with curatorial support by Seoul-based curator, writer, and translator/interpreter Jaeyong Park.

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