The AHL Foundation presents AHL founder SNKim Grant Show Ran Hwang’s inaugural performance, Breathwave in Harlem

AHL Foundationnon-profit organization supporting contemporary artists of Korean Heritage, February 15, 2024 – March 8, 2024, at the AHL Foundation, located at 2605 Frederick Douglass Blvd. #NO. 1, HarlemNY.

Proud to announce the launch of the inaugural AHL Founder SNKim Grant Invitational Exhibition titled “Ran Hwang: Breath Wave.”

This exhibition is planned as part of the AHL Foundation’s ongoing efforts to support and strengthen networking and collaboration among awardees artists over the past 20 years.

AHL Foundation President Sook Nyu Lee Kim, who founded the foundation in 2003 and currently serves as its president, which was launched for the first time this year, aims to continue this tradition by providing funds to facilitate continued collaboration and support among award-winning artists.

The opening exhibition includes a separate exhibition of artist Ran Hwang, recipient of the 2017 AHL Foundation and AHL Foundation Contemporary Art Prize 1 – Jason J. Kim Grant.

Born in Korea and based in New York, Ran Hwang creates large iconic figures that embody her preoccupation with the cyclical nature of life, invisibility and the beauty of the transient moment.

Her earlier career in the fashion industry and personal memories of The 9/11 attack led her to adopt everyday materials into subtle and dramatic works while artist the lifelong practice of Zen Buddhism blends into sophisticated handwork accompanied by repetition and penance.

With his performative and conceptual approach, Hwang depicts a time of reflection and contemplation of man in society.

Hwang’s work resides permanently in the collections of internationally recognized venues, including the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Deji Art Museum in Nanjing, the Dubai Opera, the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, New York University, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul.

Her work has been exhibited internationally at institutions and galleries including the Leila Heller Gallery in New York (2021, 2017, 2014, 2012) and Dubai (2023, 2021, 2019), the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore (2017), UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (2015), Mass MoCA in Boston (2015), Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in Singapore (2014), Hakgojae Gallery in Seoul (2010) and Kashya Hildebrand Gallery in Zurich (2009), Facebook headquarters in New York in 2021.

She recently successfully held her exhibition at the Baker Museum in Florida, USA in 2023, and in April 2024 her exhibition “Singing from the Dark Times” is scheduled for the NDH Venice Biennale.

President Sook Nyu Lee Kim said, “Over the past 20 years, the AHL Foundation has supported more than 100 Korean artists, curators and researchers with annual funding exceeding US$50,000. Through this process, we have witnessed the growth of talented Koreans artists.

Thanks to this grant, we look forward to further cooperation with the award-winning artists of the AHL Foundation. In this vein, we are delighted to invite Ran Hwang, the inaugural recipient of the first AHL Foundation Contemporary Art Award, as the first exhibiting artist in this series.

We hope that many people will enjoy Ran Hwang’s spectacular and delicate installation, which will encompass the entire gallery of the AHL Foundation for the duration of the exhibition.”

Photo credits: 1-4) AHL Foundation.

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