National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art | 30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu
03062 Seoul

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MMCA Seoul

Walid Raad, Ho Tzu Nyen, Zachary Formwalt, and Hayoun Kwon
The Principle of Uncertainty
May 24–October 9, 2017
Opening: May 23

The Principle of Uncertainty is an exhibition based on physicist Heisenberg’s quantum physics theory, Uncertainty Principle, according to which measuring a certain pair of particle properties with precision is impossible because observation of one impacts and changes the other. In the age of uncertainty, wherein factual confirmation is nearly impossible whether it concerns public historical records or even personal memory, the artistic pursuit of reality or truth, and the subsequently emergent questions often generate new forms of artwork.

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, focuses on four contemporary artists: Walid Raad, Ho Tzu Nyen, Zachary Formwalt, and Hayoun Kwon, who artworks based on research and archival materials.

Lebanese-born Walid Raad focuses on the Middle East since the Lebanese War and its entangled political and religious landscape. Ho Tzu Nyen from Singapore deals with postcolonialism and geopolitics in Southeast Asia. An American artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam, Zachary Formwalt analyzes images that were recorded at the starting point of the capitalist economic system. And, finally, South Korean artist Hayoun Kwon realizes her visions through collective or individual memories that arise from a range of techniques and themes such as virtual reality devices.

Questioning the value and meaning of art while reconfiguring public truth and personal memory as the backgrounds of their works, and crossing the uncertain boundaries between reality and fictional worlds, the participating artists are leading a trend in contemporary art, with their works attracting considerable attention. This exhibition is curated by Eunhee Kim and Deoksun Park.