Life of Deportation and Settlement: Koryo-saram in Ukraine

11.05.2017 – 31.05.2017


The exhibition, held in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Ukraine will display photos of Korean artist Jung Sung-tae. The foci of the artist’ works reveal their strong regional attachments. Artist Jung Sungtae’s photos shed light on the stark reality of the Koryo-saram, ethnic Koreans who were once deported from their homes in the Russian Far East and later settled down in Ukraine.

Through Artist Jung’s photos, retracing the history of the Koryo-saram resettlement. By exploring it through the prism of “deportation and settlement” and recording the results in the form of photography, the artists reinterpret people’s lives and surroundings. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and Ukraine in 1992, as well as the 80th anniversary of the mass deportation of ethnic Koreans from the Russian Far East in 1937. In this regard, the Korea Foundation is very glad to host this exhibition, which will provide an important and meaningful opportunity for visitors to learn about the tragic history of the Koryo-saram. The exhibition was held in Seoul, and then in Kyiv and Dnipro, Ukraine.