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Koo Seong Youn is renowned for her still life photography reorganizing her imagination with objects in our ordinary life. Her ‘Peony’ reborn as sweet candies of different shapes and colors will attract audience’s attention. Her photography is beloved by many through various art fairs and art galleries in and out of Korea. <Candy> series derives its motif from the peony folk painting.Peony is known as symbol of wealth and honour. Thus folding screens of peony have been set up in the wedding hall or banquet hall. Small painting of peony was hung on the wall of newly-married couple’s room. In the past they might prayed for prosperous things to this splendid flower painting. Now they seem to be very naive when they depended on not a strong and timeless object like gold or sun, but on the transient flowers, as even though they are very dazzling and beautiful in full bloom, they soon disappear without any trace. Secular accomplishment, like momentary sweet but shortly melting candy in the end of the tongue, is actually futile. But I hope the wishes to be accomplished to the affirmation about the present that is spread in front of us, not to be the unavailing desire about unpossessed things.


1997   B.F.A. Department of Photography, Seoul Institute of Arts, Korea

1994   B.A. Department of Indian philosophy, Dongguk University, Korea




2015   Sugar (Gallery YEH, Seoul, Korea)

2014   Fortune Flowers (Helio Art, Seoul, Korea)

2009   Candy (Trunk gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2007   Popcorn (Ssamzigil Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2005   Plant container (Project Space zip, Seoul, Korea)

2004   Sand (Duckwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2001   Glass (KEPCO Gallery, Seoul, Korea)

2000   Butterfly (Seonam photo Space, Seoul, Korea)




2016   Sweet Metaphor (Lotte Gallery, Daejeon, Korea)

2016   DNA (Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea)

2015   Illusion Bite (Gallery Orchard, Seoul, Korea)

2015   Accidental Encounter (North of Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea)

2015   Gaze : A Contemplative Mind (Gallery HUUE, Singapore, Singapore)

2014   Photo Sight (National museum of modern art, Gyeonggi, Korea)

2013   Love Actually (Seoul museum, Seoul, Korea)

2012   Art and Cook (Sejong museum of art, Seoul, Korea)

2011   Hello Tomorrow (CAIS gallery, Hong kong)

2010   10th Photofestival – After 2010 (Gana Artcenter, Seoul, Korea)

2010   The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art fair (Shanghai exhibition center, Shanghai, China)

2010   Scope art fair (New York, NY, USA)

2010   Oh! Masterpieces (Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Gyeonggi, Korea)

2009   Korean Contemporary Photo Now (798space gallery, Beijing, China)

2009   Serotonin (Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea)

2009   Photo Korea 2009 – Shooting image (Coex, Seoul, Korea)

2009   Dream factory (Gana Art Center, Busan, Korea)

2008   Contemporary Korean photographs (National Museum of Art, Kwachon, Korea)

2008   New Acquisitions Collection Reconstructed (Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea) 2008   The Big and Hip Korean Photography Now (Gallery Ro, Seoul, Korea)

2008   Reversion (Gallery IHN, Seoul, Korea)




National museum of Contemporary Art, Art Bank.

Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art