CV - Youngho Kang
I have worked as a portrait photographer for about 20 years. The knowledge from my working
tells me that people live as they look; their lives are connected with the way they look and
vice versa. When I have worked as a portrait photographer, I always regarded me as a mirror.
it means, the pictures are a kind of mirror showing a subject. I always could find and meet
another layer of what makes humanity. Furthermore thanks to the interviews I can go to the
inside of my subjects and catch the invisible figure of the subject. My performance art is
making portraits photos of my subjects, even myself, and having interview with them, make a
short article and displaying it on a wall by beam project. The photos and memos about my
impressions from subjects will fill the empty wall during the performance, like an exhibition.
Finally a lot of images and texts about the subject will figure out on empathy. This means a
kind of many pieces of the mirror showing the subject. This is displayed only during the time
of the performance, upon finishing, it disappears as if we can see our image only when we
watch the mirror. Performing with one person takes about 1 hour. The person can figure out
about their inside and at the same time I can figure out about my own inside. I can sympathize
with the subject, and the subject can sympathize with their newfound inner selves. It is the
totally unexpected happening. The fixed idea and image against someone is extended by
pictures on the wall. This is the figuring out on empty.