In his photographic series 'The Square' Seokmin Ko camouflages reality with mirrors.

Seokmin Ko's camouflaged reality
Seoul - NOV 09, 2013

The photographer Seokmin Ko has spent the last three years developing “The Square", an on-going project that explores human presence in natural settings. The images that make up the series show a mirror situated in the middle of a deserted landscape. The mirror reflects part of the landscape, sometimes a quiet forest, a lonely road or crashing waves near the shore. The only human presence found in the image is the two hands gripping the mirror, holding it in place.

Seokmin Ko's camouflaged reality

©Seokmin Ko, The Square: Courtesy of artist and Art Projects International, New York

The contrast between nature, the reflective surfaces of glass and steel and the slight human presence seem a game of camouflage. The holder imitates its surroundings, blending in almost completely. But the mirrors Ko represents seem to be quite different than the mirrors found in interiors. Here the reflective surfaces seem to represent portals to a different dimension, floating in the midst of nature, as if Ko had the ability to unveil them with his photographs.

Seokmin Ko's camouflaged reality

©Seokmin Ko, The Square: Courtesy of artist and Art Projects International, New York

In his artist statement, Ko's explains the concept of camouflage his works allude to as a metaphor of peer pressure and conformity to social norms that causes people to use social camouflage.

Seokmin Ko's camouflaged reality

©Seokmin Ko, The Square: Courtesy of artist and Art Projects International, New York

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