P//RETTY P U K E has been invited to Seoul, South Korea for a solo show.
Three years ago VISLA Magazine, a South Korean publication, approached Prettypuke with the intent of showcasing American youth culture. However, at the time, there was not a gallery that was open to showcasing youth culture as experienced by Miller Rodriguez, better known as Prettypuke.
That was until this spring. Prettypuke has been invited to South Korea to exhibit over forty of his photographs that have never been seen before in a collection called HOODLUMS this April 15 hosted by VISLA Magazine at the Zinc Gallery. HOODLUMS was conceived when Miller attended CalArts and has been an ongoing series that captures American youth counterculture primarily in Los Angeles and New York. The term is extremely important to Prettypuke as there is a misconception that the youth today are subversive thugs when they really are the key to changing and influencing culture as we know it today. Miller’s goal is to expand on the series on an international level by documenting Korean youth culture. The beauty of this exhibition is that it will be open to the public free of admission. Prettypuke and his son Casper will be at the gallery for the entire duration of the exhibition interacting and creating with gallery patrons while capturing Korea's youth.
A Prettypuke show in Korea is a wild and an incredible opportunity for any artist to create and show the world how powerful, inspiring, and sometimes unknown Korean youth culture is and to bridge a connection between youth culture in American and Korea. It is during this trip that we intend to make a documentary that captures youth culture today through the eyes of Miller. Additionally, Miller will be bringing a hundred rolls of 35mm film, which he will use to document his entire experience and create his e-book. The funding will contribute to the production of a e-book and documentary.
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Risks and challenges
Modernization in South Korea has been a gradual process and while there has been progress it is still deeply conservative in regards to sex, homosexuality and women’s autonomy. VISLA Magazine has expressed concern for Miller’s safety given the general nature of his work; it is an incredibly dangerous challenge that we face dealing with modern Korean politics.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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