Mapping the Future World

Overview

Transformer is honored to announce Mapping the Future World – a Sister Cities project that connects Korean artists and DC artists through a series of artist-led initiatives utilizing digital communications to build dialogue, connectedness, inspiration, and insight as we all work to make sense of, and move forward in, this uncertain and unprecedented time. Mapping the Future World aims to broaden community understanding of reimagined and reinvented creative practices that will link artists between the Sister Cities of Seoul and Washington, DC. 

Responding to the ways in which COVID-19 is radically remapping our world, both literally and figuratively, Transformer has invited 8 artists to imagine ways to rebuild toward an equal and equitable future. Working in collaboration with Seoul-based artists Seo Young Chang, Seulki Ki, and Hannah Woo, and DC- based artists Maps Glover, Esther Eunjin Lee, Nara Park, Valerie Wiseman, and Naoko Wowsugi, as well as a mix of curators, art colleagues, and cultural institutions, Mapping the Future World is empowering artists to reimagine and reinvent social arrangements, constructs, and structures as they create new work to map a better future. 

Supported by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Sister Cities grant program, Transformer had initially planned to pursue cultural exchange by traveling with a group of DC-based artists to Seoul, South Korea in May 2020. Through this exchange, Transformer sought to expand our international networks, and achieve creative and professional growth experiences for the DC based artists, connecting them with their Korean-based peer artists, art spaces, galleries, museums and more. Although Transformer was unable to physically travel to Korea, cross-cultural exchange and dialogue has been facilitated through bi-weekly Zoom meetings with all of the participating artists.  

Transformer will be hosting a series of virtual public programs throughout the week of August 10 – 14, 2020, for audiences to engage with Mapping the Future World artists and artistic concepts and practices. Details of this programming will be announced in late July.
 

ARTIST BIOS:

Seo Young Chang is a multidisciplinary artist based in Seoul, South Korea, who explores the indeterminate condition of existence, body, and time, and brings the question of human existence into our own life. She received her M.A. in Art in Context from Berlin University of the Arts and her M.F.A. and B.F.A. in Sculpture from Ewha Womans University. Chang has held solo exhibitions at Doosan Gallery (Seoul and New York), CR Collective, Gyeongnam Art Museum, and Space Zip. Her works in group exhibitions have been presented at venues including Arko Art Center, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Art Space Pool, Wumin Art Center, Incheon Art Platform, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, amongst other institutions. Her works are in the collections of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Seoul Museum of Art, and the Gyeonggi Museum of Art.

Maps Glover is a multidisciplinary artist based in Washington, DC, who creates work inspired by human behavior. He often incorporates distorted figures and pops of color in his constructed portals that observe how the influence of time, perspective, and pervasive external issues contribute to human behavior. 

Seulki Ki graduated with her BFA in photography from Sangmyung University, South Korea, and her MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK. She has held solo exhibitions at Space K (Seoul), DOOSAN Gallery (Seoul), and Gallery Chosun (Seoul), and has been in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Seoul Museum of Art, Projektraum Galerie M in Berlin, and the 2018 Daegu Photo Biennale. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. 

Esther Eunjin Lee is a multimedia artist with her BFA in Studio Art and Graphic Design. She received her degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, with honors in Studio Art. Since graduating in 2018, she’s exhibited work at local venues, such as Pyramid Atlantic, Dwell DC, and IA&A Hillyer. She is a second-generation immigrant from Korea and is currently based in the Maryland outskirts of Washington, D.C. 

Nara Park is a sculptor and installation artist based in Washington, DC. She holds a BFA in General Fine Arts followed by an MFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center and Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship. She is a recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship and the Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship. Park’s work has been on exhibit at numerous venues including Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, The Phillips Collection, Grounds for Sculpture, Baltimore/Washington International Airport and American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Her work has been featured in the Sculpture magazine, The Washington Post and Artnet News. Her works are included in the collections of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, as well as The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Valerie Wiseman is an artist and administrator based in Washington, DC. She explores natural indoor and outdoor environments through many forms of communications, events and perpetual collaborations. She is a Co-Founding Editor of Dirt and also works professionally with local and national artists and organizations.  

Hannah Woo is a Korean artist who grew up in Daejeon and now based in Seoul. She completed her BFA and MFA at the Korea National University of Arts. Her recent solo show, Moulage Mélancolique, was shown at P.S. Sarubia, Seoul in 2019. Her large, fabric-based installations have been presented at institutions including the Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Blume Museum, the Asia Culture Center, Amado Art Space, and Art Space Pool, amongst others. 

Naoko Wowsugi is an artist of Korean-Japanese descent, based in Washington, D.C. Using combined practices of visual art, local research, and community participation, Wowsugi’s projects highlight and fortify everyday communal and interpersonal identities.

Mapping the Future World is supported by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities’ Sister Cities International Art Grant.