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Photo Artist Lee Su-Won’s Exhibition
Photos Show Daily Lives of S. Korean Residents in Venezuela
"Kyopo: Koreans in Venezuela" – Lee Su-Won
By Lim Byung-Keun
Photo artist Lee Su-Won (left) poses with Mr. Oh Jin-Kwan of the South Korean Embassy in Caracas at her solo exhibition held in the captial of Venezuela on Oct. 19, 2014.

A total of 55 pieces of photos depicting daily lives of Korean residents in Venezuela are currently on display at Centro de Arte Los Galpones in the capital city of Caracas in the South American country.

The photo exhibition of a local photo artist Lee Su-Won runs from Oct. 19 (Sunday) till Oct. 26 (Sunday), 2014. Lee is the South Korean resident in Venezuela.

The opening ceremony held at 4 p.m. on the day attracted well over 100 guests including South Korean residents in Venezuela.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Korean Foundation, is hosted by the South Korean Embassy in Caracas.

Photo artist Lee Su-Won (right) is talking to the audience gathered at her exhibition in Caracas on Oct. 19, 2014.

With the displayed photos Lee tried to display the various aspects of Korean residents’ lives in Venezuela — household lives, work places, wedding scenes, and funerals.

The life of South Korean residents in Venezuela started in early 60s when a South Korean man, Mr. Chiong Hoe-Nyun set his foot in the Latin American nation.

Mr. Chiong, who studied Spanish language at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul, immigrated to Maracaibo, the second largest city in Venezuela.

Audience gathered at the exhibition of photo artist Lee Su-Won

On the strengths of economic prosperity of Venezuela in the 70s South Korean immigrants poured in the South American nation.

As of now, well over 300 Koreans are residing in Venezuela.

The photo artist Lee Su-Won became the first South Korean resident to be born in Venezuela.

Lee’s father, Senior Lee, arrived in Venezuela in 1974 at the invitation of Venezuela’s sports authority. The martial artist was invited to teach judo there. Lee was born in Venezuela three years later.

Centro de Arte Los Galpones in Venezuela's Caracas where Lee Su-Won's solo photo exhibition is held on Oct. 19-26, 2014.

Lee studied at his father’s alma mater of HUFS and went to Paris in France for further study.

Based in Venezuela Lee has been participating a number of exhibitions around the world. Quite prominent photo artist Lee held solo exhibitions in Spain, Peru, as well as Venezuela.

“Hopefully Lee’s exhibition will be a good opportunity to make a historical record of Korean residents’ lives in Venezuela,” commented Mr. Oh Jin-Kwan, diplomat of South Korean Embassy in Caracas at the opening ceremony held at the gallery on Oct. 19, 2014.

Centro de Arte Los Galpones

Poster of Lee Su-Won's Photo Exhibition in Caracas

Poster of Photo artist Lee Su-Won's solo exhibition

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Lim Byung-Keun serves as director for The Seoul Times. He is one of the founding members of The Seoul Times. A native of Seoul Lim served in many cities around the world including Israel, Taiwan, and Vietnam, working for LS Cable & System Ltd. He graduated from Kyungbock High School and Dongguk University in Seoul. Now he works as director of Dawid Corporation.






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