The Chan-Hyo Bae 'Existing in Costume' series evokes feelings of cultural estrangement. Born in South Korea, Bae often felt these emotions after moving to London and being exposed to the strange British heritage. Fascinated by costume and identity, the images replicate iconography of queens.
Placing himself in the role of female British monarchs from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, Bae's photographs expose his feelings of alienation and prejudice felt by his foreignness. Through the reappropriation of the choreographed poses of the elite, Bae changes the signifiers that were created within the British cultural heritage.
It is is hard to believe that these images in Chan-Hyo Bae Existing in Costume series are in fact photographs because of the rich colors and aesthetic precision caused by the artist's application of the Western painting method.
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