Rala Choi - Photographs London Friday, May 19, 2023 | Phillips
  • ‘‘My photography is a mirror of my inner self.’’ 
    —Rala Choi

    For Korean artist Rala Choi (b.1987), the image-making process begins with exploring his innermost thoughts and feelings. Portraying universal human emotions, Choi brings to life scenes he has previously sketched. Here, we see the juxtaposition of a seemingly forlorn figure of a woman lying down with one arm covering her eyes against the dazzling gold of her dress and the bold red of her lipstick and the fabric draped across the sofa. ‘I want my photography to embody contradictory emotions,’ explains the artist, ‘such as loneliness and warmth.’ He continues, ‘The act of lying down is typically associated with comfort or relief; however, I saw my own emptiness and depression through looking at her lying down.’ Shot using film, this striking image encapsulates the self-taught photographer’s painterly aesthetic and skilful use of colours to achieve maximum expressiveness. Based in Seoul, Rala Choi has exhibited internationally and was awarded the Photography Grand Prix at the 37th International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Accessories, Hyères in 2022. 

    • Literature

      'Rala Choi: "Now is the time to ask photographers about what photography is"', Wallpaper*, 25 January 2023



A woman lying on the sofa

Archival pigment print, mounted.
Image/Sheet: 113 x 170 cm (44 1/2 x 66 7/8 in.)
Frame: 118 x 175 cm (46 1/2 x 68 7/8 in.)

Signed in charcoal, printed title, date and number 1/1 on a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the work.

This work is number 1 from the edition of 1 and is unique in this size.

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£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £27,940

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London Auction 19 May 2023