Entry Title: "99 Variations"
Name: Youngho Kang , Korea, Republic of
Category and Expertise: Deeper Perspective|Portrait|Portrait_P|Self-Portrait, Professional


Entry Description: A self-portrait has, in my case, its fundamentals in the metamorphic alchemy of the camera and the mirror. Am I photographing the mirror or is the mirror photographing me? The camera and the mirror crashed head on, with the result being an image that both was, and was not me. This method of using the camera and the mirror as if it were alchemy, transformed me both qualitatively and quantitatively. Until now I have found about 50 other ones in me. My final goal is finding a total of 99. Hence the title for this body of work is ’99 Variation’.

Story: A self-portrait has, in my case, its fundamentals in the metamorphic alchemy of the camera and the mirror. Am I photographing the mirror or is the mirror photographing me? The camera and the mirror crashed head on, with the result being an image that both was, and was not me. Familiar, but then again unfamiliar. This method of using the camera and the mirror as if it were alchemy, transformed me both qualitatively and quantitatively. If I was to explain the reasoning behind me photographing myself, reflected in the mirror, it would be because I consider fine art to be ‘an effort for passion of doing things only I can do’. This I found to be the intersection of qualities which make differ from others. Until now I have found about 50 other ones in me. My final goal is finding a total of 99. Hence the title for this body of work is ’99 Variation’. My work is not a planned one. It was a subconscious thing, meaning I did not know where I was going, like in a daydream. Having the images coming together in this specific way is something I cannot stress enough, seeing as how crucial and of importance the process behind each image is. This method of image creation, where no digital editing is used nor allowed, brings out the factors which create a fusion between two existing genres, a work which is "documentary fine art photography". Through searching for images by utilizing imagination and the structure of the three discovered archetypes, could I perhaps claim that these are different kinds of anthropology and archaeology, all exerted within myself? With my camera serving as an endoscope, and me having taken on the inductive approach, the likelihoods to explore common human archetypes in a documentary-like sense became possible.

About the Artist:

Youngho Kang was born in Seoul in November, 1970. He is well renowned as a nick name “dancing photographer”. Because he has very unique shooting attitude that looks like a conductor or dancer. In South Korea. He has achieved a great success in the field of commercial advertisement. Recently “Insight Campaign,” a photographic program for educating visually handicapped children in collaboration with Samsung Electronics, brought him an honor of winning the ‘Two Gold Lions in Promo & Activation’ by the most prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2012. Nevertheless, his desire to reveal his latent artistic expressions was so strong that he gradually conflicted with commercial works. ’99 Variations’ is his first fine art work that was a series of his self-portrayal works, captured through the reflections in a mirror. A mirror is the space for him to exist simultaneously as a producer and an actor on the stage. He is now working on the creation of a ‘total art’ beyond the boundaries among various artistic genres. EDUCATION 1995 B.A. in French Language and Literature, Hongik University, Seoul SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2014 <99 Variations>, Central Slovak Gallery, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia 2013 <99 Variations>, House of art, Bratislava, Slovakia 2012 <A COMPANY>, Samsung Cheil Worldwide 2011 <Documentary, Road for Hope>, KBS (Korea Broadcasting System) 2009 <99 Variations>, Sungkok Art Museum GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2014 <Insight2 Exhibition>, Nemo hall of Blue Square, Sponsored by Samsung Electronics 2013 <Samsung ‘UHD ZOO’ Exhibition>, Beyond Museum 2013 <99 Variations>, Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2013 2012 <Masquerade>, Coreana Museum 2012 <Insight Exhibition>, Yoo Art Space 2009 <Myth in the Mirror>, V-Gallery in Seoul Arts Center 2009 <Olleh Art>, Kumho Museum 2007 <Myth in the Mirror>, Artsonje Center 2003 <A man who was stolen legs, and 30 eyes>, Daelim Museum 2003 <Chromatic Sensation>, Gallery Hyundai EDITORIAL VOGUE / BAZAAR / ELLE / W / marie claire / In Style / ESQUIER and More COMMERCIALS About 600 commercial works including Coca-Cola / MOTOROLA / SAMSUNG / LG / DUNKIN’ DONUTS / FISSLER/ OLIMPUS and 80 film posters DOCUMENTARIES 2011-2012 A Documentary of the first Korean female president, Park Geun Hye <She is not only a woman, Geun Hye> 2011-2012 The children and child slavery with KBS <On the Hope Road> 2012 The Third generation of victims from defoliant in Vietnam <Weapon that kills the future-Agent Orange> AWARDS 2014 A finalist in the “LensCulture Portrait Awards 2014″ 2012 Spikes Asia – Asia’s Creative Advertising Festival and Awards, Grand Prix, “Samsung Electronics Insight Campaign” 2012 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Two Gold Lions in Promo & Activation, “Samsung Electronics Insight Campaign” 2011 Korea Fashion Photographer of the Year