Seok-Woo Song (KR) "Wandering, Wondering" - Helphoto 2023



South Korea

Wandering, Wondering
Wandering, Wondering is a story of all of us, becoming adults, getting more socialized, and living in a systematic social structure. No one has forced or oppressed our lives. Without looking back, we live in a life that fits already into the familiar flow following only dreams and ideals we’re aiming for, the naturalness of time that goes by constantly. 

Through this work, Seok-Woo has a chance to explore his 20s which have already passed by. These produced images are stories intended for the young who cannot adapt to the social structure which is changing quickly, above all men in their 20s.

The eyes coming from between unfamiliar spaces and strangers are provoked by wandering around places and environments where you can get someone else’s feeling such as strangers and universally abandoned spaces. Based on feelings like loneliness and emptiness that Seok-Woo experienced in society, he expresses floating or unadaptable objects in the world by images.

This work is produced by freely combining images across the boundary line of consciousness and unconsciousness based on social factors and narratives with characters. Seok-Woo was concerned about relationships that people build with others and mainly intended to explore the way people interact and the social principles involved in it, using gesture language. He hopes that not only people in their 20s, but everyone who encounters this work will be able to sympathize by watching the gesture language in this work, reminiscing about their past or expecting their future.

Seok-Woo Song (b. 1993, Seoul) graduated from the Department of Photography and Media of Daegu Arts University with a bachelor’s degree and from the Department of Photographic Design of Hongik University with a master’s degree. He is currently attending Korea National University of Arts for a master’s degree in Fine Arts. His work was shown in numerous solo exhibitions including Wandering, Wondering in Artbit Gallery (Seoul, 2020). He received various awards, such as Kyotographie KG + Select (Japan, 2023) or Critical Mass Top 50 (USA, 2022) and his works are housed in DECK Contemporary Art Photography Centre, Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre Ploshchad Mira and others.  

Seok-Woo Song (KR) "Wandering, Wondering" - Helphoto 2023

Seok-Woo Song (KR) "Wandering, Wondering" - Helphoto 2023