Byungjun Kwon wins Korea Artist Prize 2023

Byungjun Kwon. Courtesy MMCA

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Korea has announced that sound artist Byungjun Kwon will be awarded the Korea Artist Prize 2023, which is presented jointly with the SBS Foundation. The award, given annually since 2012, follows an exhibition of the four finalists’ works at the MMCA in Seoul, which remains on view through 31 March.

The jury for this year’s prize included Aaron Cezar, founding director of the UK-based Delfina Foundation; Binna Choi, co-curator of Hawai’i Triennial 2025; Nav Haq, associate director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M HKA); Yuka Uematsu, chief curator at the National Museum of Art Osaka; and MMCA director Kim Sunghee.

The jury praised Kwon’s work for its sense-stimulating approach to the post-humanism and its theatrical approach to questions of the meeting of humanity, science and technology. Sunghee, has said, ‘Byungjun Kwon has presented beautiful work that uses an immersive robot theater approach to raise questions about the limitless expansive potential of human communities and to present different currents amid the relentless forward flow of contemporary civilization. I would like to extend my gratitude to all four artists who received support for the significant artwork that they presented in this exhibition.’

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