"Underwear as medium - taking an intimate look at queer lives in South Korea"
Hi, this is Heezy. Thanks to the help and support of my friends in London and a local business (NBS), I'm having my first photography exhibition in London. Thursday the 15th is the opening night and I will be at the venue all evening and night (from around 6pm) so come see me and hang out, and also take a look at my photographs, of course! You may find details about the exhibition and me and my work below. :)
Date: Thursday, the 15th of February (Opening Night)
*** Exhibition runs until Sunday the 18th. ***
Venue: New Bloomsbury Set
The Basement, 76 Marchmont Street, London (WC1N 1AG)
Nearest Tube: Russell Square / Kings Cross
*** Happy Hour Every Day until 8pm ***
About Gay Men And Pants:
Although Korea is a conservative society, the country has a very active and unique queer scene. The queer might not be so visible in the everyday life of South Korea and, for that reason, the queer night life is an important outlet for the LGBTQ people of South Korea. Through this project, Heezy has met a number of gay men in clubs and bars in Seoul, interviewed them, and photographed their underwear. He thought of underwear as a way (especially gay) people express their style and furthermore, feelings and thoughts. He asked both general questions about underwear and personal questions about their style and experiences, in an attempt to use underwear as a medium for taking an intimate look of people's lives. The collection of photographs and quotes from the interviews also portrays the racial and cultural diversity of Seoul's queer scene.
About Heezy Yang:
Heezy Yang is a Seoul-born Korean queer artist and activist. He has been actively participating in Seoul pride (also known as the Korea Queer Culture Festival), as a stage performer of the opening show, street performer, artist of the official Seoul pride art event, and booth runner since 2013. He uses various media including illustration, photography, performance, and installation for his art projects. His recent queer art exhibitions include 'Boys And The Colours' and 'Drag Queens On Canvas'. Besides the official Seoul pride art event he annually holds in summer, he hosts over a dozen of queer art events, drag shows, and fundraisers for Korean queer organisations, every year. He also performs as drag queen Hurricane Kimchi at major LGBTQ events all around Seoul. He is a founder and administrator of a group called 'LGBTQIA+ And Allies In Korea', which has over 5700 members. The group has a number of English-Korean bilingual and international members and it has been playing the role of a bridge between Korea's queer community and international queer communities. He is the event manager and promoter of queer bar, The LINK, located in Seoul's gay district Itaewon.
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