Lee Jong-gu is a representative Minjung artist who views the reality of the people living amongst the earth through a critical perspective. He has expressed the resistance, suffering, and hope of the people in his works. In this exhibition, Lee Jong-gu’s recent works that capture the transformation of society the artist has experienced and witnessed will be presented.
In his recent works, Lee Jong-gu aspires to focus on the dark side of life by imposing fundamental and straightforward symbols. The works begin from Lee’s volition to be honest and straightforward about our lives and civilization, from a historical perspective. As he exposed the reality of marginalized rural communities after the rapid industrialization by portraying his hometown in the past, he acknowledges the transformation of our society returning to a people-centered society. Lee’s recent works may be divided into 4 large themes; the Sinking of Sewol Ferry, Candlelight protests, the South-North Korean summit, and US Armed Forces in Korea. This exhibition is a chance to view Lee Jong-gu’s works that constantly questions and records the current society’s issues.