Recollecting Afterimages: Portrait of Survivors

Virtual Exhibition


New Art Center of Newton (July 16 - August 31)

245 Walnut St, Newton, MA

Curated by  Sun Jung

Coordinated by Eva Lee

Sponsored by Boston Cultural Council





























































Participating Artists at New Art Center, Newton

Lisa Cohen

Nell Daniel

Christine Ledoux

Eva Lee

Bugzdale Jackson

Roberta Moore

Kathleen Wells

About the Curator: Sun Jung






Samuel Bak


Born in Vilna, Poland in 1933, Samuel Bak is a Lithuanian-American painter and writer who survived the Holocaust. Bak’s work weaves personal and historical memories together and constructs the twentieth-century ruination of Jewish life and culture. Creating the images of a destroyed world that are partially repaired and went on to exist, he questions the unspeakable atrocities of the Holocaust in a way he stubbornly observes human potential for reconciliation and reconstruction.


Bak has had numerous exhibitions in major museums, galleries, and universities throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States including retrospectives at Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem, and the South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town. Bak has been the subject of numerous articles, scholarly works, and eighteen books, and has received five honorary doctorate degrees. In 2017, The Samuel Bak Museum opened in the city of the artist’s birth, in 2019 The Samuel Bak Gallery and Learning Center opened at the Holocaust Museum Houston.

Video Statement by Samuel Bak

In Search of a Portrait B

Kwang Lee


Born in 1970 in Korea, Kwang Lee currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She studied painting at the Hong-Ik University, Seoul, and received an MFA in Fine Arts from Düsseldorf Art Academy under the supervision of Prof. Markus Lüpertz. Combining Eastern philosophy with European abstract painting, Kwang explores existential questions like pain, death, and the human spirit and experiments with vibrant colors and dynamic brushstrokes on reflections of the truth behind appearances.


Recent solo exhibitions include Hyang-Su at Galerie am Damm, Berlin (2017), Dreamy landscapes at Centre Bagatelle, Berlin (2016), Hosu, Seen“, Braun und Hassenflug, Berlin (2015), Wasser at Galerie Son, Berlin (2012). Lee’s work has also been included in group exhibitions at RK Galerie, Berlin (2018) and Vertretung des Freistaates Sachsen beim Bund, Berlin (2018) as well as Jeong Seon Museum, Seoul (2016, 2017), Museum Baden Solingen, Solingen (2010). She also performed at Korean Cultural Center Berlin in 2021.

Video Statement by Kwang Lee

Sun-Cheol Kwun


Kwun Sun-cheol is a Korean painter who was born in Changwon, Korea in 1944. In 1971, he studied painting at the Seoul National University, Seoul, where he began making Self-portrait series. Working on human figures and landscapes, he captures historical memories from the Japanese annexation and the Korean War. Abstract concepts like traces of time and the emotions of individuals are transformed into the visual subject matter of faces and landscapes, which can be positioned on the border between figurative and abstract.


His work has been exhibited worldwide including Gana Art Center, Seoul (2020), Daegu Art Museum, Daegu (2016), Gallery Son, Berlin (2012), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea (2012), Gana Art New York, New York (2010), Musee d’Art moderne de Troyes, Troyes, France (2003), and Beijing Biennale, Beijing, China (2003). Kwun's work is in the permanent collections of many museums including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea; Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea; and Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea.

Video Statement by Sun-Cheol Kwun

Bruce Herman


Bruce Herman is a Massachusetts-based artist, writer, and professor. He has been teaching and curating exhibitions at Gordon College since 1984. Herman’s artwork reflects his personal journey of creativity and faith, involving a profound understanding of Western history, philosophy, and culture. Starting from his large-scale religious narrative paintings in the late 1970s, he works on the human figures in central, which evokes real presence as a means of genuine communication, referencing the sacred worship tradition of the Christian Eucharist.


Herman’s art has been shown in more than 150 exhibitions––nationally in a dozen US cities, including New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and internationally in Canada, Italy, England, Japan, Hong Kong, and Israel. His artwork is featured in many public and private art collections including the Vatican Museum of Modern Religious Art in Rome; The Cincinnati Museum of Fine Arts print collection; The Grunewald Print Collection of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; DeCordova Museum in Boston; the Cape Ann Museum; and in many colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.

Video Statement by Bruce Herman

O Sacred Head: Crowning


Bin-zip, an old lady

Sun Jung is an independent curator currently working with KSCB (Boston), Kunstverein64 (Berlin), and Jungfrausis (Busan). She received MA in Art History at the University of Cologne, Germany, and has gathered work experiences in various cultural and geographic locations, along with a variety of settings in which art is housed. Sun seeks the Vera Icon – the true image of the modern time and believes that art can be a mirror reflecting hope in the broken world.

The role of art in times of war raises fundamental questions about our existence as humans. This exhibition, Recollecting Afterimages: Portrait of Survivors, depicts the life of survivors of violence through self- portraits: both representational and non-representational.

Self-portraits capture the gaze toward the outer world as well as the inner world of the subject, therefore containing initial understandings and compassion of our existence after violence. The exhibition is an attempt to creating a space where the eyes of the artist and the eyes of the audience can communicate, empathize, and restore the relationship of members of one community.


The exhibition consists of two different layers.

1. A virtual exhibition showcasing artworks of invited artists.

2. A Call for Artists at the New Art Center, Newton, MA

Through two layers of media platforms, we can expand and diversify the communication of the shared story of violence. This exhibition invites works dealing with the Holocaust, the Korean War, the Russo-Ukrainian War, and other forms of violence.

To visit the Virtual Gallery at your own pace, click the picture below or use QR code.
A guide to the Virtual Exhibition can be downloaded here.
Virtual Exhibition