|CEPA is pleased to announce an exhibition of 20" x 24" photograms by Kanghoon Park at The Campos Group, 1016 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, NY for the month of April, 1999.
My work is about the wars and failed revolutions that happened around the Korean Peninsula. In 1894, Japan and China fought for control of the Korean territory. Soon after the Japanese victory over China, the official Korean army and the Japanese army together suppressed the popular revolution in Korea.
Like the earlier wars in that area, the well known Korean War from 1950 to 1953 began as a civil war but because of the region's strategic importance, other countries became involved in the conflict. A large number of American soldiers were sent to fight and a large percentage of them became casualties.
Growing up in Korea I was educated about our sad history and heard many tales about wars from parents and grand-parents. What I tried to depict in these images is the misery of the refugees and soldiers as well as the myths about the wars' causes and victories.
Kanghoon Park was born in a small town near Seoul in South Korea in 1964. He holds a B.S. from Seoul National University. After finishing his mandatory military service, he returned to finish his masters degree studying biology and education. In 1994 he married and came to the United States to study Photography, receiving a B.A. in 1998. He is currently working on his M.F.A. in photography at the Indiana University at Bloomington.