10.05.2014 – 10.06.2014

In an often cited passage attributed to Sigmund Freud concerning the female sex is found in a letter he wrote to Marie Bonaparte: “The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is “What does a woman want?” Koh Sangwoo’s solo exhibition, Decoding Women, brushes up against this and other meditations on the feminine but the exhibition is ultimately about social codification of gender in its myriad manifestations.

Decoding Women consists of Koh’s unmistakable highly saturated photographs that cull together painting and performance, but will also include a series of collages that broadens the artist’s eclectic practice. While the exhibited works dovetail on many genres including self-portraiture, portraiture, history painting, landscape, and fashion photography, it expands previous themes of identity and the cultural construction of beauty within a broader thematic purview. The leitmotif in Decoding Women is, of course, explorations of what Betty Friedman coined “the feminine mystique,’ but in diverse ways that evince Koh’s artistic imaginary.

Koh Sang Woo portfolio