Seoul Museum of Art holds a large-scale photography exhibition “The Family of the Invisibles” to commemorate 130 years of Korean-French diplomatic ties. Selected from the collections of two globally recognized institutions, the Centre national des arts plastique (CNAP) and Fonds régional d’art contemporain Aquitaine (Frac Aquitaine), the exhibition presents 210 contemporary photographs taken after the 1950s.
The exhibition has its anchor in the theory of photography in Camera Lucida, an iconic book written by Barthes which had a significant influence on photography, contemporary art, cultural discourse, and epistemology. Based on Barthes’ idea which paid attention to invisible and marginalized beings, the exhibition criticizes the notion of an imaginary community of mankind, which was previously presented in “The Family of Man” held at the MoMA in 1955.
With also deconstructing mythical elements embedded in contemporary society, this exhibition is significant in that it highlights the role and importance of photography in contemporary art.
The Family of the Invisibles
Date: April 5th – May 29th, 2016
Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00 (Till 19:00 on Saturday, Sunday & National Holiday)
Place: Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA)
Address: Seosomun-dong 37, Jung-gu, Seoul
Admission: Adult 700 Won, Student 300 Won
Tel: +82 2 2124 8800
Text: Aya Shomura