Han Sungpil


Han Sungpil’s artistic practice focuses mainly on photography, video and installation, through which he deals with topics such as the environment, memory or the relationship between reality and representation.

Through his work he seeks to understand diversity, exploring nature and interpreting those common worlds that have been his source of inspiration. This process of philosophical investigation and artistic representation often hides a subtle sense of humor, incorporating sublime elements of beauty, objects and concepts that are considered worthy of study in the context of a seminar or a similar context. Arranged in the exhibition space, his works invite the viewer to reflect on various philosophical approaches, including among the most crucial, how we can design the ideal synthesis of post-contemporary.

Exhibitions (Selected)


  1. 10 From the Edge of View (Art Space Ben, Seoul, Korea)
  2. 5 Polar Heir (Blanca Berlin Galería, Madrid, Spain)
  3. 5 Façades (Fotografica, Sin Título Galería, Bogota, Colombia)
  4. 4 Intervention (Ilwoo Space, Seoul, Korea)
  5. 7 Phantasmagoría. (The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea)
  6. 5 Innocence (Yeongang Gallery in DMZ, Yeongcheon,Gyenggi Do, Korea)
  7. 1 Polar Heir ( ARARIO Gallery, Seoul, Korea)
  8. 8 Ground Cloud – XVIII Encuetros Abiertos, Festival Luz,

(Centro Cultural Coreano en América Latina, Buenos Aires, Argentina )

  1. 3 Diplopia (Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea)
  2. 6 Façade (Blanca Berlín Galería, Madrid, Spain)
  3. 5 Moment of Realization:The Meaning of Photography (National Assembly Library, Seoul, Korea)
  4. 4 Dual Realities (Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea)
  5. 1 Façade –12à Bienal International de Fotografía de Córdoba (Cordoba, Spain)
  6. 3 In Between Layers (Gallery Zandari, Seoul, Korea)
  7. 2 RE: Presentation (SEO Gallery, Seoul, Korea)
  8. 3 Façade: Face_cade (Gallery Zandari, Seoul, Korea)
  9. 11 The Sea I dreamt – The 16th  International Festival of Photography : Bratislava Month of

Photography 2006 (Bratislava, Slovakia)

  1. 1 The Sea I dreamt (Lightcontemporary, London, U.K)
  2. 10 My Sea (Goethe Institute, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
  3. 2 Blue Jungle – Displaced Spaces (Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Indonesia)
  4. 3 The Sea I dreamt – The 10th International Biennial of Photography & Photo-Related Art

‘Houston Fotofest 2004’ (Houston Fotofest Headquarters gallery, Texas, U.S.A.)

  1. 10 The Sea I Dreamt (Gallery Space 4Zine : Seoul, Korea)
  2. 5 My Sea (Gallery Indeco: Seoul)



  1. 12 Peace Together ( Seoul Museum of Art, Korea)
  2. 4 Straniamento (Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy)
  3. 3 Double Skin & Space Drawing (Gallery B24 & Street Gallery, Seoul, Korea)
  4. 1 Arpenteurs de Lumière (Duo Show with Alfred Manessier, Abbaye de Saint-Riquier, France)
  5. 6 Nirvana (VDNKh, Pavilion 13, Moscow, Russia)
  6. 6 Wonders of the World (Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
  7. 5 Public to Private: Photography in Korean Art since 1989 (National Museum of Modern and

Contemporary, Seoul, Korea)

  1. 4 Arts & Nature 2016: Cloud (Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France)
  2. 3 Dubai Photo Exhibition (Dubai Design District, UAE)

2015.7  Real in Irreal – (Contemporary Media art of Korea and Russia, Wooyang Museum of

Contemporary Art)

  1. 5 Korean Contemporary Photography (Gallery of Classic Photography, Moscow, Russia)
  2. 5 The 12th Havana Biennial in 2015, (Capitolio Nacional, Cuba)

2015.4 Changjiang International Photography & Video Biennale (Chongqing Changjiang

Museum of Contemporary Art, China)

  1. 4 Artist Portfolio Ⅱ, SAVINA Museum, Seoul, Korea
  2. 4 The LINE, DMZ (The Korean Demilitarized Zone)

2014.10 By Destiny, ARARIO MUSEUM DONGMUN MOTELⅠ(Jeju Island, Korea)

  1. 9 ART FLASH: Art for the Fifth Sense (COEX, Seoul, Korea)
  2. 9 Day and Night in Seoul (K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China)
  3. 9 Origins, Memories & Parodies – Daegu Photo Biennale (Daegu Culture & Arts Center, Korea)
  4. 8 ‘Basicaly. Forever’ (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan)
  5. 4 Animamix (Animamix Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China)
  6. 4 Wandering Vision (Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea)
  7. 3 Sport. City, Future (ROSIZO State Center for Museums and Exhibitions, Russia)
  8. 3 Animamix (Animamix Biennal, Museum of Tsinghua University Academy, Beijing, China)
  9. 1 Photography and Media 4:00 am (Seoul Museum of Art, Korea)

2013.12 Parallax ASEAN (ASEAN-Korea Cultural Exhibition 2013, Seoul City Hall, Korea)

  1. 10 Façade Project (PhotoVisa Festival, Krasnodar, Russia)
  2. 9 Photosight (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea)
  3. 9 New Photograph in Korea (Galerie Paris- Beijing, Hotel Winssinger, Brussels, Belgium)
  4. 9 The Zizek / Badiou Event of Philosophy (Platoon Kunsthalle Seoul, Korea)

2012.11  Dislocation (Daegu Art Museum, Korea)

  1. 9 우리[WOO:RI], TINA B. Prague Contemporary Art Festival (Prague, Czech Republic)
  2. 9 Busan Biennale ‘Garden of Learning’ – Special Exhibition ‘The Cityscape as Still Life’

(Busan Cultural Center, Korea)

  1. 8 LAM 360º – 2nd Land Art Mongolia Biennial (Ikh Gazriin Chuluu – Dundgobi & The National

Mongolian Modern Art Gallery – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

  1. 3 Art Project 2012 : Communion (Nuclear Security Summit Seoul 2012 Media Center &

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea)

2011.12  Epilogue : On the Border (Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea)

2011.11  Fotografias – Coleção Joaquim Paiva (MAM, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

  1. 9 MoA Picks 2011 (Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Korea)
  2. 8 Our Magic Hour (Yokohama Triennale 2011, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan)
  3. 7 Mr. Rabbit in Art Land (Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea)
  4. 4 Purpose of Life (Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Gyungsangnamdo, Korea)
  5. 3 Multiple Senses (Savina Museum, Seoul, Korea)
  6. 7 The Extraordinary Time Travel (Woljeon Museum of Art, Icheon, Korea)
  7. 7 Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography,

(Santa Barbara Museum of Art, U.S.A)

  1. 5 Man Ray’s Photography & His Heritage, (Seoul Museum of Art, Korea)
  2. 4 Maden Pictures (Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea)
  3. 12 Views from Korea – The 5rd Lianzhou International Photo Festival ( Lianzhou, China)
  4. 10 Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography

(Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A)

  1. 7 Photography is Dead … , (Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham, U.K)
  2. 7 The Photograph as Contemporary Art, (Doosan Gallery, Seoul, Korea)
  3. 5 Someplace, (Gallery Ihn, Seoul, Korea)

2008.12     Things Dancing,( Dr Park Gallery, Yangpyung, Korea)

  1. 11 Then & Now – Momories of the Future (Daegu Photo Biennale, Exco, Daegu in Korea)
  2. 10 The Senses (Gallery Zandari, Seoul, Korea)
  3. 9 Olympics & Love (Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China)
  4. 6 Escenarios Emocionales : PHotoEspaña 2008 (Blanca Berlín Galería, Madrid, Spain)
  5. 4 ‘Space’ Looking at different way – (Shinsegae Art Wall Gallery, Seoul, Korea)
  6. 3 2007 New Acquisitions of ‘Gyeonggi Museum of Art’ (Ansan, Korea)
  7. 12 The Alchemy of Shadows – The 3rd Lianzhou International Photo Festival

(Granary Factory, Lianzhou, China)

  1. 11 Pass the Picture (Goethe Institute, Berlin, Germany)
  2. 10 Mysteries, Secrets, Illusions – Kaunas Photo 07

(Kaunas Picture Gallery, M.K.Ciurlionis National Museum, Kaunas in Lithuania)

  1. 9 Co-exist (Foil Gallery, Tokyo, Japan)
  2. 9 My Private Collection (Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea)
  3. 6 In Touch of the Present – Korean Artists Collaboration (Wada Fine Arts, Tokyo in Japan)
  4. 6 Photography – copied truth : four truth : made truth (Gallery Touch Art Gallery, Hayri,

GyeongGi-do, Korea)

  1. 5 Open Studio3 (Old Jeonnam Province Hall & Uijae Studio)
  2. 3 Photographs by the Next Generation: Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2006

(Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan)

  1. 12 Danginri Culture Factory (Ssamzie Space, Seoul, Korea)
  2. 11 Obsesiones – Obras de la Colección Fotográfica del MNBA

(National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

2006 11       Contemporary Korean Photography_KOREANEW DAYS

(Dome Unenia, Bratislava in Slovakia)

  1. 10 The Senses (Gallery Zandari, Seoul, Korea)
  2. 6 Descubrimientos PHE – Photo Espana 2006

(Antiquo Matadero de Leqazpi, Marid, Spain)

  1. 4 Pictures vs Pictures 2006 (Gallery Zandari, Seoul, Korea)
  2. 2 Photographs by the Next Generation: Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2005

(Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan)

  1. 12 Winterwonderland (Fotografie Forum international, Frankfurt, Germany)
  2. 12 Three Views: Korean Photography (De Santos Gallery, Houston, U.S.A)
  3. 11 Club Paradiso – Jamming with Photography

(Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan)

  1. 7 The Flow – The International Festival of the Image ‘Rhubarb-Rhubarb’

(Mailbox Gallery, Birmingham, England, U.K)

  1. 7 Archetype & Experience (Gallery La Mer, Seoul, Korea)
  2. 2 Photographs by the Next Generation: Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2002

(Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan)

  1. 11 I International Encounter “Artists for Peace” (Islamic Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain)
  2. 1 Photographs by the Next Generation: Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2000

(Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan)

  1. 10 Sky & Sea ; Text & Context” (Gallery Sajin Madang : Seoul, Korea)
  2. 7 Introduction to Photography-Portraits & Landscapes

(Art Sonje Center Seoul &  Art Sonje Museum Gyeongju Korea)


Public Installation Projects


  1. 3 Peace Gate (DMZ, Yeongcheon,Gyenggi Do, Korea)
  2. 5 Harmonious Havana (Capitolio Square, Havana, Cuba)
  3. 3 Faction (DMZ, Paju, Gyenggi Do, Korea)

2013.12 Illusion reality with Lincoln (Lincoln Continental, Gangnam Store, Seoul, Korea)

2013.3 Small City in Hyundai (Hyundai Department Store, Seoul COEX, Korea)

2012.6 Tandem Sequence (Changgyeonggung Palace, Korea)

2012.5  Small City in Doosan Art Center (Doosan Art Center, Seoul, Korea)

2011.9  Tandem Sequence (Namhansanseong, Korea)

2011.4  Small City in Garden 5 (Garden 5, Seoul, Korea)

2011.3  Small City in SHINSEGAE (Shinsegae Department Store, Cheonan, Korea)

2011.1  Open Water (18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA, U.S.A)

2010.9  Melting Space (The Goyang Cultural Foundation, Goyang, Korea)

2010.4  New World Square Project (ARARIO Green Sculpture Park, Cheonan, Korea)

2010.3       RE(Wrapping + Eco Bag)Cycling Project  (Gallery Zandari, Seoul, Korea)

2009.7    How to Lie with SPACE, (Space Group, Seoul, Korea)


Public Film Screening

  1. 10 Official Trailer Film for Busan International Film Festival, Korea
  2. 5 Official Trailer Film for Green Film Festival in Seoul
  3. 9 NAVER Logo Art Project for International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

(  / on 16th Sep 2014)

2012.9   Amor Fati – BIO OKO Art Cinema (Prague, Czech Republic)

2006.7   Audio & Visual Show of the Young Emerging 16 Korean Photographic Artists

– The Opening of Donggan International Festival of Photography

(Youngwol Museum of Photographic Arts, Gangwondo, Korea)


Permanent Collection

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Yamanashi/Japan) / Selasar Sunaryo Art Space (Bandung, Indonesia) / National Museum of Fine Arts (Buenos Aires, Argentina) / Museum of New Mexico (Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, U.S.A) / The Photomedia Center (Pennsylvania, U.S.A) / National Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul, Korea)/ National Assembly Library (Seoul, Korea) / Museum of Art, Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea) / Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea) / Gyeonggido Museum of Art (Gyeonggido , Korea)   / NAVER Group (Bundang,  Korea) / SPACE Group (Seoul, Korea) / Hana Bank (Seoul, Korea) /  Arario Collection (Cheon-An, Korea) / The American Embassy, Korea (Seoul) / The French Embassy, Korea (Seoul) / / The Spanish Embassy, Korea (Seoul) / OCI Museum (Seoul, Korea) / The Museum of Photography (Seoul, Korea)


Artist in Residence

  1. 7 Arts Iceland, Ísafjörður, Iceland

2016.12~2017.1  Listhús, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland

  1. 10 The Arctic Circle Program

(Expedition into the High Arctic from International Territory of Svalbard.)

  1. 7 The 2015 Odyssee artist-in-residence ( Abbaye Royale de Saint-Riquier, Somme,


  1. 9~10 The 2015 Odyssee artist-in-residence (Chateau de Chaumont, Loire &

Abbaye Royale de Saint-Riquier, Somme, France)

2015.7                    Laforêt Summer Vacation Project (Castello Di Frino, Ghiffa, Lago Maggiore, Italy)

  1. 9 ~ 10 The Arctic Circle Program

(Expedition into the High Arctic from International Territory of Svalbard.)

2010.11~ 2011.1  18th Street Arts Center , Santa Monica, U.S.A

(Supported by GyeongGi Cultural Foundation, Republic of Korea)

  1. 7 ~ 8 Picture Berlin (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Germany)

2008.4 ~ 2009.3  Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris in France

(Supported by Samsung Culture Foundation, Seoul, Korea)

2007.8 ~ 9           Sirius Art Centre, Cobh, Cork in Republic of Ireland

(Supported by Irish Arts Council and Cork County Council)

2007.3 ~  5          Uijae Art Studio, Gwangju in Korea

(Supported by ‘A Culture Hub City of Asia, Gwangju & Gwangju Metropolitan City)

2006.3 ~  9          Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris in France

(Supported by Ministere Francais des Affaires Culturelles)

2005.6  ~ 12        Centre d’art Marnay Art Centre  , Marnay-sur-Seine, France

(Supported by the Korean culture and Arts Foundation grants & Fondation TENOT)

2004.12 ~ 2005.3 Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia (UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries)


 BOOK Publications (Selected)


2017 ‘INTERVENTION – Han Sungpil, Published by Hatje Cantz , Germany,  March 2017

(ISBN 978-3775742795) Introduction by Celina Lunsford

2016 ‘INNOCENCE – Han Sungpil’, Published by Yeoncheon County office, Korea, May 2016

2015 ‘Han Sungpil; POLAR HEIR’ Published by Taekwang, Seoul, Korea, 5th Jan 2015

(ISBN 978-89-965734-1-8 (93660)) Introduction by Chin Chungkwon & Yesun Choi

2012  ‘Han Sungpil’  from the book of ‘Korean EyesⅡ: Contemporary Korean Art’ / Published by

SKIRA, Italy, Oct 1 2012 ( ISBN 9788857214603)

2012  ‘Han Sungpil’ from the book of ‘ : Korean Contemporary Art Scene’ (page 136-141) /

Published by Open Book, Seoul, Korea 2012  (ISBN 978-89-329-1551-7)

2011  ‘Façade – Han Sungpil’ / Published by Foil, Tokyo, Japan (ISBN 978-4-902943-65-8)

2009  ‘Past / Present: Coexisting Realities’ from the book of ‘Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary

               Korean Photography’ (Page 25-26  Written by Anne Wilkes Tucker – The Gus and

Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

/ Published by Yale University Press, U.S.A, 2009,  (ISBN 9780300157536)

2007 FOIL Magazine 2007 Vol. 1 (Tokyo, Japan) – Ground Cloud  P88 -99,

(ISBN 978-4-902943-24-5 C0070)

2005 ‘The Sea I Dreamt’ : Han’s Graphic in Seoul, Korea; Introduction by Celina Lunsford

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