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Eurasia Cosmopolitanism: The Artwork of Ugay Alexander

  • Journal of History of Modern Art
  • 2020, (47), pp.173-197
  • DOI : 10.17057/kahoma.2020..47.007
  • Publisher : 현대미술사학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Art > Arts in general > Art History
  • Received : April 28, 2020
  • Accepted : June 1, 2020
  • Published : June 30, 2020

Jeon Sophy Seon-Ha 1

1홍익대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper aims to examine the cultural hybridity of the Koryoin and the position of the current generation through Ugay Alexander, a Koryoin artist, and to understand the 'Eurasia Cosmopolitanism' in his work. Here, 'Eurasia Cosmopolitanism' refers to a paradoxical situation that transcends nations and peoples and in which Ugay recognizes himself as a global citizen while living in the post Soviet Union and possessing a sophisticated Eurasian culture. Ugay, who is often concerned with time, mainly explores how the past and the future interact with each other. On the other hand, for the artist who indirectly experienced the Soviet era through the life of his grandmother and father it was essential to show the multilayered identity of the modern Koryoin through his work. Moreover, the ‘nomadic past,’ which was not engrossed in ethnicity, and ‘Eurasian culture’ appeared a cosmopolitan atmosphere on his work. Ultimately, Ugay gets rid of the situation of Koryoin, who have stayed as objects of Central Asia, positioning himself as cosmopolitan through his work. This paper understands the environment surrounding the modern Koryoin through Ugay's work and examines their inherently multilayered identity.

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