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Kyu Sang Lee

Kyu Sang Lee was born in Seoul in 1993, educated in Cape Town, and currently works in Leipzig. His diverse geographical experiences have cultivated a deep interest in the integration of cultures and history, as living in such varied locations has enriched his understanding of the intertwining of different cultural and historical contexts. Lee’s constructed photographs explore the themes of disharmony and cultural collision, seeking transcendence through universal elements such as time. 

The artist’s utilization of chroma-key green delves into the intersection of technology and aesthetics. This color, commonly employed in the photographic and film industry, epitomizes the burgeoning chasm between human elements and advancing technology. Yet it serves as a bridge, linking technological progress with expanded human expression and experience.

The utilization of chroma key green in Lee’s photographic images symbolizes his encounter with diverse cultures, histories, and geographies. Lee’s formative experience of relocating and integrating into different environments closely resonates with the contrasting states within the artist’s photographic images, where black and white images coexist with vivid hues. 

The specific use of chroma key green stems from its distinctive ability to stand out, allowing for seamless replacement with other digital images. This unique characteristic, while allowing it to stand out, also enables the integration of any other colors or images, demonstrating its versatile adaptability. This vibrant color, despite its conspicuousness, conveys the harmonizing power of embracing all hues, representing the artist’s ongoing quest for a place of belonging amidst constant transition.

Portfolio
Zeitz MOCAA

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Table of Contents, Bistro 21, Leipzig, Germany.

2017 Kyu Sang Lee, Cape Town School of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa.

Group exhibitions and projects:
2023 FNB Art Joburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ketterer Kunst Masterclass Preis für Junge Kunst, Munich, Germany.

2022 Neighbours / Des Voisin.e.s, L’air Arts, Paris, France.
Documenta fifteen, Kassel, Germany. [in collaboration with Gudskul]

2021
Between Strangers, Nuweland, Buren, Netherlands.

2020
11:11, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa.
Peep Show, Cape Town, South Africa [Online exhibition]
Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Tones, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa.

2019
Satellite, Suburbia Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa.
Still Here Tomorrow to High Five You Yesterday: Chapter II, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa.
ICTAF Investec Cape Town Art Fair [Solo Project], Cape Town, South Africa.

2018
Also Known as Africa, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France.
Throwing Shapes, Smith Studio, Cape Town, South Africa.
nano 1.2, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
Stop Stop Click, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa.
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa.

2017
Salad, Smith Studio, Cape Town, South Africa.
SS17, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa.
Celeste Prize Exhibition, OXO Tower Wharf, London, UK.
Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Be Kind, Please Rewind, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa.
Marked, Eclectica Print Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
Paradise Regained, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, South
Africa.

2016
Michaelis Graduate Exhibition, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa.
Meditative Moments, Mullers Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
By Way of Hand, Cape Town School of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa.
Focus, Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Education
2016 Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, [BFA]

2019 – 2021
Military service at the headquarters of the Army (ROKA), KR.

2018 – present
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany. [Meisterstudium]

Lecture
2017
Cape Town School of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa.

Residency

2023 L’ Air Arts, Cité Falguière, Paris. France

2017
Cape Town School of Photography residency program, Cape Town

Collection/ loan
Zeitz MOCAA

Awards and nominations
2023 Ketterer Kunst Masterclass Preis für Junge Kunst, Munich, Germany.

2020
Minister of Defence Award in Moving Image Competition, Ministry of Defence, South Korea.

2017
Celeste Prize Winner in Photography, London, UK.

2016
Simon Gerson Prize, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

2014
Cecil Skotnes Award for Most Promising Artist, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

AVAILABLE WORKS
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The Absurd Dance no. 1 
2023
Giclée print on Hahnemühle photo rag
Edition of 8 + 2 APs
cm 200 x 160

€ 2000
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Sigil No. 1 
2023
Giclée print on Hahnemühle photo rag
Edition of 6 + 2 APs
cm 136.2 x 94.1

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The New Altar no. 1
2023
Archival Giclée print
Edition of 5+ 2 APs
cm 120 x 100 

€ 3000
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The New Altar no. 4
2023
Archival Giclée print
Edition of 5+ 2 APs
cm 150 x 200 

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Bearing Between the Wheel and the Cycle
2020
Positive retouch colours on Giclée print
Edition of 8 + 2 APs
cm 60 x 65 

€ 2500
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The Absurd Dance no. 2 
2023
Giclée print on Hahnemühle photo rag
Edition of 8 + 2 APs
cm 200 x 160

€ 2000
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Tacet and the Portrait of a Headless
2022
Archival Giclée print
Edition of 6 + 2 APs
cm 136.2 x 94.1

€ 2000
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The New Altar no. 2
2023
Archival Giclée print, Wood
Edition of 5+ 2 APs
cm 120 x 100

€ 3000
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Drawing Set for Study no. 1
2023
Objects, colour, paper and metal
size variable

€ 3500
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The Sound of Light: Sequences I-III
2019
Wood, glass, stainless steel, incandescent light bulbs & electronics.
cm 88.4 x 64.5 [each]
Collaboration with Martin Wilson.
Currently 3 pieces available. Uneditioned/

€ 5000 each
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The Absurd Dance no. 3 (untitled)
2023
Giclée print on Hahnemühle photo rag
Edition of 7 + 2 APs
cm 200 x 160

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Matisse and the People of Night
2017
Giclée print on Hahnehmühle
Edition of 2 + 2 APs
cm 84 x 117 

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The New Altar no. 3
2023
Archival Giclée print
Edition of 5+ 2 APs
cm 150 x 120 

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Life No. 1 [left]
2023
Steel, electronic parts, light bulbs, plastic buttons
Edition of 5 + 1APs
cm 40 x 32 

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Life No. 2 [right]
2023
Steel, electronic parts, light bulbs, plastic buttons
Edition of 5 + 1APs
cm 40 x 32 

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