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The Phenomenological Subject of Korean Contemporary Art: Focused on ST Group and its Discourse

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2022, 66(), pp.150-173
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.66.0.06
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : April 15, 2022
  • Accepted : May 13, 2022
  • Published : June 30, 2022

Hea-Seung Kang 1

1연세대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

It is difficult to find a discussion about private individuals in the history of Korean art. Although the concept of the individual was formed with the April Revolution in 1960, it is generally evaluated that individual values were not properly considered in Korean culture, which equated individualism with selfishness. Interestingly, however, the expression of “I” stood out in the art phenomenon of the 1970s. This thesis examines the art works expressed by private individuals against the background of the Yushin Regime. What is particularly noteworthy is the fact that, unlike in the West, the expression of individuals was visualized outside of modernism. Young artists of the time directly symbolized and discoursed “I.” The art works were presented phenomenologically through the body of existence. In particular, the S.T. group artists called themselves the “4·19 generation” and worked to emphasize the body as the subject of action. This study discusses the art phenomenon of the 1970s, paying attention to the paradox in which the existence of the individual was rather emphasized in a situation where the resistance of the group was suppressed due to the operation of power.

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