India Project by Chan-Hyo Bae

Chan-Hyo Bae2019

Chennai Photo Biennale

Chennai Photo Biennale
Chennai, India

The Alter Project is about what the artist felt during his short residency in Chennai, India and how it has affected him. Differing cultural backgrounds of people often determine how one perceives things and the resultant reaction to certain phenomena. This is referred to as ‘cultural relativism’ and serves as the viewpoint for these works. These works also echo the artist’s initial questions about beliefs and prejudices in The Witch Hunting Project. The artist is of the opinion that no matter what people’s preconceptions may be, they should learn to acknowledge and respect each other’s beliefs. Through the project, the artist asks how the diversity of cultures, languages, races and religions may be respected and accepted in this era of globalisation. In an era of diversity, absolute faith must not result in any form of violence.


  • Title: India Project by Chan-Hyo Bae
  • Creator: Chan-Hyo Bae
  • Date Created: 2019
  • Location: Inko Centre, Chennai
  • Type: Photograph
  • Original Source: Inko Centre Website
  • External Link: Chennai Photo Biennale website
  • Exhibition title: The Alter Project
  • Exhibition Description: In The Alter Project, each artwork becomes a religious altar, reaffirming belief systems but also altering preconceptions, reversing stereotypes and re-calibrating perceptions.
  • CPB Edition: 2019
  • Artist's biography: Culture, Prejudice and Stereotypes are explored in the work of Korean Artist Chan-Hyo Bae (Born 1975, Busan, South Korea). Since graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2007, he has expressed in his work the feelings of cultural and emotional estrangement he experienced in the UK. Bae’s work has been shown in many international exhibitions including Kunsthalle Wien, Austria, Museum of Quai Branly, France, Baerum Kunsthall, Norway, Jewish Museum, UK, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and collected by Museum of Fine Arts, USA, Museum of Photography, Korea, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA, Deutsche Bank Collection, UK, Leeum_Samsung Museum of Art, Korea, Statoil Art Collection, Norway.

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