Shen Xuezhe
Shen Xuezhe

Koreans who live in other countries range from first-generation immigrants who left their homeland a long time ago to third- or fourth-generation Koreans who may have seen Korea only on a map. A large portion of these individuals doesn’t speak Korean and often aren’t interested in the Korean culture. Still, we habitually refer to them as “Koreans.” This mentality is not unique to Korea.

Last year, we focused on issues of identity, diaspora and boundaries for our photography book, “Between or Border”. Working on this book gave us the impression that the process of a language, or a culture taking root in another society, was an issue that is separate from the concept of identity itself.

The exhibition is divided into two part, all photographers in 1st section, talk about ‘outsiders’ or ‘strangers’ and show how their interpretation varies depending on where they are located. In 2nd section will be showed urbanity especially Seoul. All photographers are different nationality-but they just focused on city of ‘Seoul’. We invite our viewers to join us as we explore this line of thought.

Artist Bios

  • Shen Xuezhe

    Shen Xuezhe is Chinese-Korean and lives in Yanbian, the Korean autonomous prefecture that is home to this community in the northeastern Jilin Province in China. His series, “Tumen River on the Border,” captures scenery along the banks of the Tumen River, which flows between China, North Korea and Russia.

  • Dongkeun Lee

    Dongkeun Lee was raised in the Korean Peninsula and has no personal experience of diaspora. His series, “An Invitation,” documents the modern phenomenon of Korean men seeking wives abroad.

  • Sperling Kim

    Sperling Kim was born in 1975 in Korea, though a family in Germany adopted him. His series, “Uri Nara (our country),” was personal in subject, and consisted of a series of portraits of adult Korean adoptees who grew up in the West but decided to return to Korea permanently.

  • Alan Eglinton

    Alan Eglinton was born in the East of England and lived in France for 26 years, but is currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Through the interplay of photographs and writings, his projects explore the themes of home, belonging and emigration.

  • Jinhee Bae

    Jinhee Bae is based in South Korea and has focused on generation, identity, and custom in everyday life.

    She has participated in more than fifty exhibitions as a photographer and as a representative of MUG Publishing. She participated in many photography projects and is expanding the field of photography education through collaboration with educational institutions.


  • MUG Publishing

    MUG Publishing

    MUG Publishing is Seoul-based art publisher company focusing on photography and illustrations, printed matter, and more. Founded by Jin Hee Bae in 2008, we have been fortunate enough to work with fantastic individuals and organizations in art, culture, education, and corporate fields.

    Starting in 2015, we have linked photographers with each other so they could communicate with artists in other mediums. We created promotional projects and planned exhibitions, art markets, and art books on photography.

    We have participated in Photoville, New York’s largest outdoor premium photo festival, starting in 2016. In addition, many books and photographers were introduced at the Athens Photo Festival, fotofever Paris, Photo Independent LA, and more.

    Finally, this June 2019, we have opened the first photography library in Seoul.

Sensation Photography: Between or Border

 archive : 2018

Featuring: Shen Xuezhe Dongkeun Lee Sperling Kim Alan Eglinton Jinhee Bae

Curated by: Jinhee Bae

Presented by: MUG Publishing
  • MUG Publishing


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