이경희 / Kyunghee Lee / Communication

Posted December 10, 2011

Kyunghee Lee is from Busan, South Korea.

2,500 years ago, Chinese philosopher Tao said that “communication is making a connection to oblivion.” Oblivion is to empty oneself and to be in other’s shoes. When I’m empty, it is possible that the object encountered can come and walk into me. Making a connection is to be open and to understand others. In the process of communication influenced by the Tao’s theory, I feel the flow of time. Time, which resides within, is constantly changing and proving its very existence, by itself. Time is very important in photography.

In my works, sight of cognitive structure is reversed. Generally we can see close objects clearer than distant objects. But in my works, distant objects are well-seen rather than close objects. It is not how a human’s vision works. When the authority of sight is changed, it can be said that the vision is objectified. Therefore a very interesting phenomenon arises. Between the verge of reality and fantasy, my work shows as if there are two different time spaces in the one. That is why it can show many traces of flown-time, which contains many signs and expressions, real memories and intentions of things that have not happened.

My works contain thick presence, signs, and many latent cases that have not occurred yet, and mixtures of surface effects. They are what it means to express time in a personal manner.


Kyunghee Lee holds a Masters of Art from Busan National University. She has held 8 private and over 20 group exhibitions, and published her first book ‘island’ in 2008 (Toseisha, Japan) which was invited for book signing at the Paris Photo 2008. Her work has been shown by the Lianzhou, Yansui, Dali, Pingyao International Photo Festival of China, Fotoweek DC, and the Burn Gallery Show, New York City.