»Korean Shamanism: 접신 – betwixt & between«
(Seoul, Incheon, Daegu, 2010-2017)
The photos of the exhibition “접신 – betwixt & between“ show Korean shamans of the North Korean Hwanghaedo-tradition in liminal moments. Liminal moments are periods in which they experience ecstasy and trance because they seek contact with spiritual entities or are incorporated by gods, spirits or ancestors. They are in an intermediate position “betwixt and between” that is very difficult to describe and as a matter of fact is experienced in a manifold of ways.
The power of visualization seems to help where words fail. So my photos show shamans, when they experience intense moments of altered states of consciousness during rituals. My vision is using photography to express something otherwise invisible.
Artist website: www.photoanthropos.com
The Hwanghaedo-tradition was imported from North Korea to South Korea by shamans that came as refugees after the Korea war. The ecstatic and wild ritual practice survived in South Korea, because many refugees perceived this tradition as part of their culture and identity. Among the several regional shamanism traditions practiced in South Korea today, Hwanghaedo shamanism is widely acknowledged as the one that retains the magico-religious traits that are the spiritual essence of Korean shamanism’s belief and practice.