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Born 1980, Gyeongsan; lives and works in Seoul, South Korea
Hong finds artifitial landscape and collect those scene through cameras. He has held many solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions; <Peace, Voice, Nice> at Gyeongnam Art Museum in 2015, <Minima Moralia> at Irkutsk State Museum of Art in 2015, <Daegu Photo Biennale> at Daegu Culture & Arts Center in 2016. He had managed an art space in Seoul and organized various exhibitions and art programmes.
Hong Jinhwon’s work ‘Last Nights’ series is a result of his visits to 210 expressway service areas. The artist observes the passing by scenery unintentionally made by people. In these photographic works the artist tries to escape from the still standing temporary resting places and tries to concentrate on the heterogeneous nature the places offer. The world has only put importance in progress and speed. It did not know how to slow down or stop and have only concentrated on moving forward. Despite this the Sewol ferry never arrived in Jeju Island. For the artist, the expressway services areas are sites for those who marched forward but have stopped, and his works tries to send off a message to the world to regret and self-reflect on placing importance on speed.