Yoonsuk Choi is a Korean multi-media artist who exhibited at Hanmi Gallery’s 15th Interim Exhibition: To Remain: It’s Just a Matter of Time. This exhibition was an open call for submissions to recently graduated international students whose leave was imminent due to the recent changes in immigration policy by the UK Home Office – the closing of the Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) visa was on 6 April 2012 which had allowed non-EU graduates to live and work in the UK for up to two year after graduation. The exhibition featured the belongings of these artists – art objects or otherwise – that are to remain. These are things that have the potential to connect two imposed divisions between those who must leave and those who stay. The participating artists offered an artwork or object and a short text describing their relationship with the object and how they want to leave the object behind (for a price, free or by exchange). The project served as a remembrance to the artists’ time in the UK as well as a platform for the objects’ continuing narrative, seeking to enquire into how personal stories and cultural/ economic values become inscribed in these objects.
Yoonsuk Choi completed his BFA in Anseong, Korea in 2007 and his MFA in Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2011. Choi has exhibited internationally such as at the Korean Cultural Centre in Belgium and Shinhan Gallery, Seoul, Korea.