Kyong Park: New Silk Roads: A Nomadic Practice Across Asia
Weaving through social, economic, and political realms that contribute to the understanding of public cultures, Kyong Park continues his lifelong visual research and theoretical writings begun with his work in Detroit, Western Europe, ex-Yugoslavia, and now in Asia. His works provide important contextual challenge for contemporary urban and architectural designs that have increasingly polarized themselves away from the general public.
Park is an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego. He was the artistic director and the chief curator of the Anyang Public Art Project 2010 in Anyang, South Korea from 2009 to 2010, the founding director of Centrala Foundation for Future Cities in Rotterdam from 2005 to 2006, a cocurator for Shrinking Cities Project in Berlin from 2002 to 2004, the founding director of International Center for Urban Ecology in Detroit from 1999 to 2001, a curator of Kwangju Biennale in South Korea in 1997, and the founder/director of StoreFront for Art and Architecture in New York from 1982 to 1998. His own work was presented as Kyong Park: The New Silk Roads, at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León in Spain from 2009 to 2010, and he has also exhibited in Kunst Werke in Berlin, Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Kunsthaus Graz in Austria, Museum am Ostwall Dortmund in Germany, Archilab in France, Badischer Kunstverein in Germany, Orbis in London, Venice Biennale 2008, and Nam Jun Paik Art Center in Seoul. He was the editor of Urban Ecology; Detroit and Beyond (2005), and a monograph titled Kyong Park: Nomadic Practice will be published by Actar (Barcelona 2012). He was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University (1996–97) and a visiting chair of urbanism at the University of Detroit Mercy (2000–01).