1975 - South Korea

Chan-Hyo Bae

Gender, culture, isolation, prejudice, and stereotypes are explored in the work of Korean photographer Chan-Hyo Bae (born 1975, Busan, South Korea). Since graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2007, Chan-Hyo Bae has expressed in his work the feelings of cultural and emotional estrangement he experienced when he first came to study in England. Several series with the title Existing in Costume (2007-16) saw him posing in a variety of female historical western costumes, integrating himself into a history and society from which he felt excluded. Researched in meticulous detail, he created elaborate scenes of himself as a noblewoman from Elizabethan to Regency periods.

More recent work in the Existing in Costume series has drawn further on the idea of placing oneself into a collective consciousness within the dimensions of nationality. Chan-Hyo Bae has chosen as his subject Tudor history as well as the realms of western fairytales: stories that have permeated our culture and become embedded into our general psyche.

Solo Exhibitions


2017 Witch Hunting, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2015 Sartor Resarto, Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome, Italy
2014 Existing in Costume, Scalone Vanvitelliano, Pesaro, Italy
2013 Existing in Costume, Korea University Museum, Seoul, Korea
Existing in Costume, MC2 Gallery, Milano, Italy
Existing in Costume, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Punishment, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK
2012 Punishment, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Punishment, MIR Gallery, Pohang, Korea
2010 Fairy Tales, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK
Fairy Tales, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Fairy Tales, MIR Gallery, Pohang, Korea
2009 Existing in Costume, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK
2008 Existing in Costume, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Existing in Costume, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Canada

Group Exhibitions


2017 Fantasy Makers – Fashion and Art, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
La piel que habito, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong
2016 Wonderland, Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Korea
Public to Private: Photography in Korean Art Since 1989, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary
Art, Seoul, Korea
2015 TECH 4 CHANGE, Vestfossen Kunst laboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway
The Russian Moment, Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Museum, Moscow, Russia
Role Play, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Colorado, USA
Encounter: the story begins with, Parkryusook Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013 Histories paraléles : pays mêlés, Natural History Museum, Nimes, France
Looking In: Photographic Portraits, The London Jewish Museum, London, UK
Summit G20, The Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
Expose, “ART STAYS” Festival of Contemporary Art, Ptuj, Slovenia
Beyond Face: Portrait Photography from Korea, Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, USA
POC Collective, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK
New Photography In Korea, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium
New Scenes, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
SET UP, Space K _ Kolon Art Foundation, Seoul, Korea
2012 FACE to FACE, The Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
ARTSPECTRUM, Leeum_Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
[WOO:RI], TINA B. Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Praha, The Czech Republic
Modernity of The Eye, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, Korea
Never never, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, UK
METADATA, Wu-Min Art Center, Cheong Ju, Korea
Korean Eye: Energy and Matter, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Distanced-Korean Photography, [email protected]’s International Young Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tell Me Something, Aando Fine Art, Berlin, Germany
VEN TI d’ORIENTE, MC2 Gallery, Milano, Italy
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK
Talent’s Eye, Statoil Art Collection, Oslo, Norway
The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong
2011 Korean Eye: Energy and Matter, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
No fashion please, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Photoquai Biennale, Museum of Quai Branly, Paris, France
Conceptualizing the Body, Wallace Gallery, New York, USA
New Photography In Korea II, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
New Photography In Korea, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Beijing, China
2010 Chaotic Harmony, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA
Korean Eye: The Fantastic Ordinary, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Ruptures and Continuities, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
Neo-graphie, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Human Face, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore.
Asia Spectrem, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, Korea
Korea: Impact of Past on Present, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UK
New Collection, Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea
The Biennial Winter Salon, Elga Wimmer PCC, New York, USA
Parenthesis, Aando Fine Art, Berlin, Germany
Stage Reality, Salon de H Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The Year in Pictures, James Danziger Gallery, New York, USA
2009 Chaotic Harmony, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
Equilibrium, Aando Fine Art, Berlin, Germany
Man Woman Human, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korea Tomorrow, SETEC-Hzone, Seoul, Korea
People and Places, Sycharth Gallery in Glyndwr University, Wales, UK
Identity, Costume, Cliché, PCNW Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
SHE-Another Gesture, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2008 Human Landscape, Seoul International Photography Festival, Seoul, Korea
The 3rd European Month of Photography, Photo Edition Berlin, Berlin, Germany
4482 Korean Contemporary Art, Barge House, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, UK
The Young Artist Collection, Gallery Jin-Sun, Seoul, Korea.
Existing in Costume, 204 Window Gallery, Bristol.UK
Storytelling, Photo Edition Berlin, Berlin, Germany
The Progressive Canvas, Gallery Wa, Kyunggido, Korea
2007 International Discoveries, FotoFest, Houston, TX, USA
The Alchemy of Shadow, Third Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Guangzhou, China
Sesame Salon 2007, Sesame Gallery, London, UK
AAF Recent Graduates, Affordable Art Fair, London, UK
SaLon Autumn Show, Salon Gallery, London, UK
The Open, King’s Park Studio, London, UK
NEW VISIONS, Gallery 181, Lawrence, MA, USA
FINGERS+CODES The Contemporary Portrait, Eyedrum Art Gallery, Atlanta, USA
Let’s Face It, Calumet Gallery, London, UK

Public Collections


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA
Colorado Photographic Art Center, USA
Kolon Art Collection, Korea
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, UK
ARARIO Museum, Korea

Deutsche Bank Collection, UK
Leeum_Samsung Museum of Art, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
Art Bank_ National Museum, Korea
Statoil Art Collection, Norway
Korea University Museum, Korea