[City of the Sun] presents Bul’s explorations of the modernization of the 20th century, which are directly tied to her childhood experiences living through a shift in South Korean society. She grew up in a leftist dissident household in a militarized South Korean town in the 1960s during a period of restriction, surveillance and repression. In this environment, Bul’s family was subject to police searches of their home… Her early radical artwork employed her own body in public performances that challenged societal attitudes toward women. From these early pieces, Bul’s more recent work looks to architecture and human attempts at perfection. The artist draws inspiration from utopian principles and futuristic vision of architects like Bruno Taut. Through her meticulously constructed sculptures and paintings, she exposes society’s failed efforts at achieving the ideal.
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