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李 建英 / Gun Young Lee

白い日陰がさす庭 / The white shaded backyard / 흰 그늘진 마당


2020.3.31(tue) - 4.12(sun)

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The space seen in ‘The white shaded backyard’ is a deserted area where people were using it for 

the reasons. This originally natural space becomes a discarded and useless area. Like this, this 

space is entangled with the present and the past time. Even though discarded, now it contacts and

creates for becoming a new place.


I would like to explain my photo being full of implications to show the poetic impression ‘white 


First, adding the term ‘white’ to the bright shadow not to the dark shadow, I intend to recognize 

the deserted, discarded, and chaotic space where something can be created or reproduced by 


Second, the meaning of ‘yard’ is a space which is close and empty. At the same time, it has the 

multiple meanings of shattered time and space which has been used in the traditional Korean 

masked dance in order to express Madang 1, Madang 2.


Showing the wounded natural features by facing each other and metaphorical space where the

nature is recovered from the ruin, I would like to show the never ending features of nature and 

generative space showing self-circulative vital energy of nature.



‘흰 그늘진 마당’에서 보여 지는 공간은 인간이 어떤 목적에 의해 사용하다 버려진 공간이다. 본래

자연이었던 이 공간은 그렇게 폐기 처분되어 이름 지을 수 없는 공간이 되었다. 이렇게 이 공간은

과거와 현재가 뒤엉키는 공간이 되었으며, 버려졌으나 본래의 자연이 다시 교접하고 생성하는 공간

인 것이다.


본인은 ‘흰 그늘’이라는 시적 표현으로서 작업에 대해 함축적으로 설명하고 있다.

첫째로 어두운 그림자가 아닌 밝은 어둠인 그늘에 ‘흰’이 붙음으로써 사진 속 공간들에 단순히 인간

에 의해 버려지고 폐기처분 되어진 공간, 혹은 혼돈의 공간이 아닌 다시 소생하고 생성하는 공간임

을 의미하고 있다.

둘째로 ‘마당’의 의미는 지척에 있는 빈 공간을 의미하며 동시에 탈춤에서 사용하는 한 마당, 한 마

당처럼 파편화된 시간성에 대해 중첩적 의미로 마당이라는 시공간적 단어를 사용하였다.


본인은 이러한 공간을 마주하는 행위를 통해 상처 입은 자연의 얼굴들을 보여주며 다른 한편으로는

그 폐허 위로 다시 회귀하는 자연이 함께 존재하는 이중의 공간을 보여줌으로 자연의 멈추지 않는

생명력, 즉 문명으로 아무리 상처를 받아도 다시 생명을 일깨우는 자연의 자기 순환적 생성력을 드

러내는 생성의 공간을 보여주고자 하였다.




Born in Korea



2010 MFA in photography, Hongik University of Korea, Seoul, Korea

2007 BFA in photography, Kyungil University of Korea, Gyeongsan, Korea



2016 <S’scape>, creative support project, BMW Photo Space, Busan, Korea

2015 <PL.A.NET>, creative support exhibition, SPACE 22, Seoul, Korea

2014 <The white shaded backyard>, BAEDARI Photo Gallery, Incheon, Korea

2014 <The white shaded backyard>, SongEun ArtCube, Seoul, Korea

2011 <Gun Young Lee>, PHOTO BELT Exhibition, Gallerie PICI, Seoul, Korea

2009 <The white shaded backyard>, Gallery IS, Seoul, Korea



2017 <Yixian international photography festival>, photography+science, Anhui, China

2017 <Lishui photography festival>, expression/representation, Lishui, China

2017 <PHOTOVILLE 2017> , #43&#44 Sensation Photography, DUMBO, NY, USA

2016 SEOUL PHOTO FESTIVAL, <Mullae in Seoul, Seoul in Mullae – A Ten-sentence Letter, Seoul,


2016 <PHOTOVILLE 2016> , #48 Sensation Photography, DUMBO, NY, USA

2015 <Summer Love> Exhibition, SongEun Artspace, Seoul, Korea

2015 <Visual point> Exhibition, modernplus gallery, Ilsan, Korea

2015 <Other observations> Exhibition, modern plus gallery, Ilsan, Korea

2014 <Definition of photograph> Exhibition, 1839 gallery, Sooncheon, Korea

2013 <the outside / landscape>, SPACE22, Seoul, Korea

2013 Successive generations SAJIN BIPYONG Award Artist Exhibition ‘succeeding’,Topohaus ,Seoul,


2012 DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE, How a City Works Exhibition, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Korea

2012 Dong Gang International Photo Festival, Street Installation Exhibition, The 6th Exhibition ;

Rediscovery of Yeongwol, Yeongwol, Korea

2012 SAJIN BIPYONG Award Artist Exhibition, Gallery Arto, Daegu, Korea

2012 SAJIN BIPYONG Award Artist Exhibition, Gallery IANG, Seoul, Korea

2010 <Endless Challenge> young Artist Exhibition, GaGa Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2010 <Zam>, Jang Heoung ArtPark, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

2008 Post & Photo The 6th, Topohaus, Seoul, Korea

2007 Post & Photo The 5th, Topohaus, Seoul, Korea



2016 Creative support project, BMW Photo Space, Busan, Korea

2014 The 1st The Society of Korea Photography Excellence portfolio award, Korea

2014 Creative Arts Support Program, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul, Korea

2013 SongEun Art Cube exhibition support, SongEun Art Foundation, Seoul, Korea

2012 THE 13th SAJIN BIPYONG Award , PHOTOSPACE, Seoul, Korea

2011 PHOTO BELT, The Korea Print and Photo Association, Seoul, Korea