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Lot 53

Sangil Lee (South Korea)

Mementomorey, from the series Mother, 1993

17 ¾ x 18 inches (43 x 46 cm), signed on backing board in pen

Courtesy of the artist


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Artist Bio

Korean-born artist Sangil Lee (Yi) became well known in the 1980s and 1990s for his expressive black and white documentary work on important social issues in South Korea. He has had sixteen solo exhibitions, including Human Inquiry (1987), Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea, and Memento Mori (2000), Howart Gallery, Seoul. His series, Kwangiu (1983–1998) was shown at the FotoFest Biennial in 2000. He has received numerous awards, including a Grand Prize at the Gwangju Biennale in 2000 and the Dong-gang Photography Award in 2009 at the Dong-gang International Photo Festival. His work is part of numerous permanent collections, including those of the Tokyo Picture Gallery, Japan, and Hanmi Photography Museum, Seoul. He has published several books including Lee Sangil’s Mangwol-dong (Gwangju, South Korea: Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2000) and Memento Mori (Seoul: Samgyeong, 2003). He was born in 1956 in Sancheong, Gyeongnam, Korea, and is the director of GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, Korea.

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