January 26, 2024

EXPOSURE 2024 at TrépanierBaer

Han Sungpil: Canadian Fever
Artist in attendance

Opening Saturday, February 3, 2024 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Exhibition continues through to March 2, 2024

In conjunction with the 2024 Exposure Photography Festival, TrépanierBaer Gallery is delighted to present the work of Canadian/Korean artist Han Sungpil in his first Canadian solo exhibition. Titled Canadian Fever, the exhibition will feature fifteen (15) recent works including several large format photographs.

Han Sungpil was born in Korea in 1972. He is a graduate (B.F.A. Photography, with distinction; 1993-1999) from the University of Chung-Ang, An-Seoung, Korea, and holds a master’s degree (2003-2004 with commendation) in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University, London.

As  a photographer, filmmaker and installation artist, his work has been exhibited and collected in notable museums and biennials internationally including: the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul and Gwacheon, Korea;  the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Château de Chaumont, Loire, France;  the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China; Photografie Forum, Frankfurt, Germany; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan; and the Yokohama Triennale, Japan to name a few His work has been presented in twenty countries worldwide.

In addition to his upcoming exhibition at TrépanierBaer, Han Sungpil’s work will be presented at the ZONAMACO art fair in Mexico City in February  of 2024.  He has published several books including: Façade with FOIL in 2011; Phatasmogoria with Museum Hanmi, 2016; and Intervention with Hatje Cantz in 2017.

The Exhibition: Canadian Fever

The consequences of global warming have been creeping upon the world over the last decade. In western Canada, for example, on July 15, 2014, a wildfire was started by a lightning strike in a tinder-dry, 300-year-old spruce forest on the boundary of Banff National Park, Saskatchewan River Crossing. The wildfire burned roughly 86,000 hectares in the park. On August 30, 2017, after an intense lightning and thunderstorm, a wildfire broke out in Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta. The wildfire burned roughly 20,000 hectares which impacted approximately 38 per cent of the park. A wildfire ignited on September 1, 2022, burning in Jasper National Park’s Chetamon Mountain covering an area of approximately 80,000 hectares….   Han Sungpil visited the site of Waterton Lakes in the early spring of 2021 when the affected area was covered in snow. “It was as if the forest never existed. There was a sense of silence and stillness while nature was healing itself.”

With this poetic suite of photographs the artist captures the unconquerable restorative force of nature while expressing the consequences of environmental devastation. Han Sungpil hopes that as global citizens we can and will deal with the challenges of climate change by awakening each other and creating a combined force.

You are invited to celebrate Han Sungpil’s first Canadian exhibition and experience his outstanding work.

In the Viewing Room: Barbara Steinman, Danny Singer, Fred Herzog, and Geoffrey James

Opening Saturday, February 3, 2024 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The exhibition continues through to March 2, 2024

In conversation with Han Sungpil’s exhibition and also as part of the Exposure Photography Festival, TrépanierBaer is also presenting works by critically acclaimed  artists Barbara Steinman, Danny Singer, Fred Herzog and Geoffrey James in our Viewing Room. Their talents, skills and acumen in the genre of photography are renowned across North America and Europe. N.B. Fred Herzog is mentioned in a recent New York Times titled When Master Photographers Spin the Color Wheel.  To read the article, please click here, and go the end of the article.

We look forward to seeing you!

Image Credit:

Han Sungpil

Fire 053: North Saskatchewan River Crossing Banff National Park, Alberta , 2023

Archival pigment print – Edition 1/7

67 cm x 100 cm  –  26.5″ x  39.5″ – image