Dates:  26 January – 16 March 2019
Venues:  Delfina Foundation &
Korean Cultural Centre UK
Delfina Foundation
Mon – Fri, 11:00 – 18:00
Sat, 12:00 – 18:00
Korean Cultural Centre UK
Mon – Fri, 10:00 – 18:00
Sat, 11:00 – 17:00

A major group exhibition, across two London venues, exploring the power dynamics at play in relationships between individuals, institutions and the state.

Delfina Foundation and the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) are pleased to present Power play, an exhibition across both venues featuring solo and newly-commissioned collaborative works which expose, trace and interrogate power dynamics through humour, subversion and provocation.

Curated by Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation, Power play takes its cue from Jacques Derrida’s The Politics of Friendship (1994), in which the philosopher approaches the notion of friendship as a way to rethink the political, drawing connections between friendship, citizenship and democracy. Such ideas are particularly pertinent to the activities of the exhibition’s partners: Delfina Foundation, as an international artist residency based in London; KCCUK, which seeks to promote understanding of and relations with Korea in the UK through cultural and educational activities; and SongEun ArtSpace in Seoul, a long-time residency partner with Delfina Foundation, which pioneered the project and staged an iteration of the exhibition in late 2018.

Spanning a wide variety of media, the artworks address relationships between people and the environment, artists and audiences, guests and hosts, individuals and states, and between states themselves. In addition to solo works by all participating artists, the exhibition features specially-commissioned collaborative works by artists who first met whilst in residence at Delfina Foundation exploring the nature of their friendship and the relationship between their respective practices.


The exhibition includes 11 former resident artists of Delfina Foundation: Jungju An (South Korea), Fayçal Baghriche (Algeria/France), Jungki Beak (South Korea), Soyoung Chung (South Korea), Zuza Golinska (Poland), Jeremy Hutchison (UK), Jaebum Kim (South Korea), Bona Park (South Korea), Oscar Santillan (Ecuador/The Netherlands), Jasmijn Visser (The Netherlands/Germany), and Lantian Xie (UAE).


Select Press Coverage

Review, Burlington Contemporary

Review, Studio International

Exhibition videos

Aaron Cezar, Curator

Soyoung Chung, Artist

Lantian Xie and Jaebum Kim, Artists

Press Release


Press Contact

Helen Gale,
Marketing and Communications Manager,
Delfina Foundation
+44 (0)207 233 5344

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Power play is co-presented by Delfina Foundation and the Korean Cultural Centre UK. The exhibition was developed in partnership with SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Korea, who presented Delfina in SongEun: Power play at SongEun ArtSpace in Seoul in late 2018.

With thanks to the Mondriaan Fund and the Netherlands Embassy in Seoul for their support towards Jasmijn Visser and Oscar Santillan.

The exhibition is receiving support to travel to London from the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) in collaboration with Laurence Geoffrey’s, with additional support from Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons, and the Goethe Institute, London.


Power play: Curator’s introduction

Watch Aaron Cezar introduce the exhibition


Power play: Soyoung Chung

Watch the artist discuss her two works in the show


Power play: Lantian Xie & Jaebum Kim

Watch the artists speak about their specially-commissioned collaborative works