Opening Ceremony
Opening ceremony of Every Island is a Mountain

Filmed by Lee Jong heun and Jin Gyeonghui

We are pleased to announce the release of the exhibition opening video for ‘Every Island is a Mountain’. The exhibition symbolizes the connection of time and space through art. Like islands connected through deep-sea terrains and marine ecosystems, the exhibition explores the power of art to connect isolated individuals and divided societies.

Public Program
Far and Near: 30 Years of the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale

1st Video: Introduction of the exhibition, and archive
2nd Video: Introduction of the participating artists and artworks (Part. Ⅰ)
3rd Video: Introduction of the participating artists and artworks (Part. Ⅱ)

Far and Near: 30 Years of the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale is a public program organized to help visitors understand the exhibition, Every Island is a Mountain: 30th Anniversary Exhibition Celebrating the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale, which has held from 19 April to 8 September 2024 at the Palazzo di Malta–Ordine di Malta in Venice, Italy.

Dr. Kyoo Lee, Professor of Philosophy at The City University of New York, will offer a guided tour of the exhibition with Dr. Aurora Fonda, Director of the School for Curatorial Studies Venice, to explain various stories of the Korean contemporary art centered by the history of the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale ‘far and near.’

The program is divided into three parts. Part 1 provides a brief overview of the exhibition and archive room. Parts 2 and 3 introduce the artists and works featured in the exhibition. Through the works of the 36 artists who participated in the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale, we can reflect on the past and present of the Korean Pavilion and discuss the meaning of Korean art.

Detailed Description (click to open)
1st Video
00:18 Overall Introduction of Every Island is a Mountain
02:13 the archival publication
02:20 Lee Wan
02:52 Kim In Kyum
03:19 Beginning Construction of the Korean Pavilion
03:49 Bahc Yiso
04:00 Yun Hyong-keun
04:12 Jheon Soocheon
04:30 Archive Space (including the diagram of the Korean Pavilion of the Venice Art Biennale)
05:33 Songhee Noh, Paik Jongkwan
05:52 Korean Pavilion and Nam June Paik

2nd Video
00:18 Nakhee Sung
00:41 siren eun young jung
01:17 Park Sejin
02:23 Noh Sang-Kyoon
02:51 Lee Yongbaek
03:11 Sora Kim
03:23 Sungsic Moon
03:40 Jewyo Rhii
04:02 Kim Beom
04:10 Ham Jin
04:39 Jane Jin Kaisen
05:04 Yunchul Kim
05:19 Gimhongsok
05:41 Kiwon Park
06:03 Yeondoo Jung
06:30 Heinkuhn Oh
06:55 Bae Young-whan
07:26 Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho
07:52 Cody Choi
08:21 Hyungkoo Lee

3rd Video
00:18 Nakyoung Sung
01:00 hyung woo Lee
01:24 Do Ho Suh
02:04 Kimsooja
03:00 Michael Joo
04:03 Inkie Hwang
04:56 Chung Seoyoung
05:27 Choi Jeong Hwa
05:44 Ik-Joong Kang
06:02 Hwayeon Nam
06:30, 09:09 Kwak Hoon
06:45 Transparent Pavilion
07:28 Review of Every Island is a Mountain from Kyoo Lee and Aurora Fonda

Brief Biography of Moderator and Interlocutors
Kyoo Lee (Moderator / Interlocutor)
2007- Present Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York
2022- Present Co-operator and Chief Curator of Cosmogram, a music label and cultural production house based in Venice, Italy
2024 Participated in research for Lee Wan's new work KonneXus: Mountains in Islands, 30th Anniversary Exhibition Celebrating the Korean Pavilion of Venice Art Biennale, Every Island is a Mountain
2021 Editorial manager of the Korean Pavilion of the 59th Venice Art Biennale

Aurora Fonda (Guest Interlocutor)
2004-Present Director and Founder of the School for Curatorial Studies in Venice
2015 Artistic Director of the Slovenian Pavilion of the 56th Venice Art Biennale
2001 Artistic Director of the Slovenian Pavilion of the 49th Venice Art Biennale

Archive Teaser
RAS (Random Access Space)

Songhee Noh
RAS(Random Access Space), 2024. Single channel video, color, sound, 12min.

Noh Songhee (b. 1992) has been engaging in video work collaborating with various institutions based on archival materials since 2020, driven by an interest in the interplay between the immaterial and material realms. She structures and juxtaposes digitized history in a way that reveals unique shifts in perspective, thereby recreating and presenting new scenes.

Focusing on the period surrounding the Korean Pavilion's establishment at the Venice Biennale (1993-1995), the artist delves into Nam June Paik's covert operations and related circumstances, collecting digitized video, photographic, and documentary materials. Noh arranges these elements on grid panels divided into a 3:2 ratio and then intersects them once again within the architectural blueprints and elevations of the Korean Pavilion, designed through the collaboration of architects Seok Chul Kim and Franco Mancuso. The panels, incorporated into the blueprints, include twelve in the floor plans and six in the elevations. The lines within these plans form 36 'Random Access Panels' that allow free traversal, whether read vertically or horizontally. In RAS, Noh reflects on the intersections between analog and digital, culture and language—essentially, the diverse aspects of life that Nam June Paik navigated, thereby mirroring the trajectory of Paik's life within her work.

Archive Teaser
Waiting and Breathing

Paik Jongkwan
Waiting and Breathing, 2024, Single channel video, color, sound, 8min.

Paik Jongkwan (b. 1982) creates video works that capture and recontextualize images and sounds through a distinctive approach of archiving and research. Rooted in an examination of the act of observing and its perspectives, his work intricately organizes scenes across multiple dimensions. This approach offers viewers a chance to experience an entirely different concept of time through scenes that emerge inevitably from chance.

Focusing his exploration on the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Paik delves into over three decades of its history. In his creative and exhibition processes, Paik observes the diverse occupation of space—from curators, artists, handlers, guides, and spectators to a cat nestled among steel frames and the shifting shadows of trees under the ever-changing Mediterranean sun. Beginning with a record from a visitor to the Korean Pavilion in 2013, who felt their experience was akin to 'waiting, breathing, and being part of a kind of transformative state,' the work Waiting and Breathing contemplates the anticipation of future exhibitions and artworks, grounded in a transformative history. It also seeks to envision a perspective where all images of the 'Korean Pavilion,' though entangled, support and exist independently of one another, illustrating their interconnected existence.