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MFA Photography Alumnus Chang Kyun Kim “Where the water once flowed (Los Angeles River)” at Kaunas Photo Festival in Lithuania

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The images of Los Angeles River that many people associate with might be graffiti, pollution and Hollywood action movies. Although much part of the river is being used to transport industrial discharge, some limited parts of the river maintain clean water, vegetation and wildlife.

What surprised the author was not the green part of the river, but the oddly clear distinction between the polluted parts and the greens that keeps confusing photographer eye along the river’s bike path. In this series, he wanted to present the contrary scenes of the river that seem to tell him about what this city has lost.

Chang Kyun Kim was born in 1974 in South Korea. He received his MFA in Photography from Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, MS in International Studies and BA in Literature from Chung-ang University, South Korea.
He was awarded as one of the ‘Regeneration 2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today’ by “Musée de l’Élysée” in Switzerland, which resulted a five-year travelling exhibition throughout the world and his work was published by major art publishers and magazines such as “Aperture” (US), “Thames & Hudson” (UK), “Teneues” (Germany), PDN, “American Photo” (US), “SHOTS and Photography” (Germany). He was the final recipient of EM Art Emerging Artist Grant 2009 (South Korea), which resulted in his first solo show in South Korea in 2010 and he recently has been selected as one of the finalists for Emerging Focus 2013, Photo LA. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, US.

Chang Kyun Kim exhibition “Where the water once flowed (Los Angeles River)” opening at “Meno parkas” gallery (Rotušė sq. 27) September 3, 6:00 p.m. Exhibition will be on display till September 19.
Open: II – V 12:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; VI 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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