The Inward Eye

Date: Saturday, 8 August 2020 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST


The Inward Eye
– a photographic journey by Kim, Honghee

Photographs are repositories of journeys taken and memories cherished. The Inward Eye is a virtual exhibition, an evocative photo narrative by acclaimed Korean photographer Kim,Honghee. Through sensory frames, complemented with words and music, we glimpse a natural world, colour imagined in black and white, movement suggested in stillness, reflection encouraging the inward eye to quietly draw what is outside, within.

“A hermitage is a small temple which is part of a larger temple, or a house where monks dwell temporarily to reflect, meditate and work towards finding the Way. If a large temple can be considered as the body, a hermitage is the mind. Going to the hermitage is a way of moving forward to meet the spirit of the Buddhist temple. Korean hermitages in particular preserve the essence of Zen Buddhism. In that sense, walking around the hermitage is a way to experience Zen Buddhism which is the essence of Korean Buddhism. I want to take this mysterious journey with you in India.”

– Kim Honghee

Acclaimed Korean photographer, Kim Honghee’s photographs record measured silence and movement within nuanced black and white frames. An intrepid biker, Honghee’s portfolio includes magnificent landscapes and architectural details, with details etched as if in a calligraphic painting. The play of light and stark contrasts indicating the binaries of here and there, light and dark and inside and outside is heightened by the power of chiaroscuro which is so evident in his work.

Kim Honghee has had the unique privilege of photographing one of the most senior of Buddhist monks of the Jogye Order, the Revered Subul Sunim, former Abbot of Beomeosa Temple and the current head of Anguk Seonwon Centre in Seoul and Busan, Accompanying the Venerable Abbot on his journeys in Korea and across the world, he has developed a most spectacular collection of reflective photographs that radiate with positive energy and meditative calm. The Inward Eye, captures that same sense of introspection, the mind stilled and the eye drawn inward to recognise the primal and vital connectivity between the singular, limited self and the limitless, boundless universe. The photographs focus on the buildings and landscape that surround or lie outside the precinct of a temple. The symbolism connecting body and soul, Man and Nature is unmistakable in these evocative photographs that invite viewers to journey with the inward eye as their constant compass and guide.

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The Chennai Biennale, is a series of curated exhibitions that aims to showcase the range and variety of contemporary paintings from Korea. Curated by K-Art International Exchange Association and co-presented with InKo Centre, with support from several Korean organisations, these large-scale expositions of contemporary paintings are presented bi-annually in Chennai.

This e-compendium showcases the work of close to 500 exceptional senior and emerging contemporary Korean artists, presented over four editions from 2013-2019.

Flip through the pages to view the artworks, techniques and thematic concerns of some of the most exciting contemporary painters in Korea today!

The Chennai Biennale is to date one of the largest expositions of contemporary painting in India. With an average of approximately 120 artists on display, the exhibition trains the spotlight on exceptional talent across the contemporary art spectrum in Korea with works by both senior and emerging artists. The series is curated by K-Art International Exchange Association who draw from their vibrant networks in Korea, The aim of the series, co-presented with InKo Centre, is to introduce and familiarise audiences in India with the artworks, techniques and thematic concerns of present day painters in Korea. Presented bi-annually in Chennai, the largescale exhibition, was complemented by visits by a number of Korean artists to interact and share best practices with local artists in Chennai and beyond.

Join us to view close to 500 of the most exciting painters in Korea today!

The e-compendium can be accessed in the infotainment section on our website