Professionalism, 2016. Poster commissioned for the exhibition On Posters, an exhibition organized by Graphic and curated by Kwangchul Kim, Dokho Shin, Kay Jun and Hyoun Youl Joe, shown at 315–7 Sangsu-dong, Seoul, 3–13 November 2016. Offset lithography, 700 x 1000 mm.
On Posters explores various ways that contemporary Korean graphic designers reflect on the poster as a medium. Our contribution to the fundamentally “meta” exhibition is a poster that can actually be used to promote the show. Following is a statement.
Professional wrestling (colloquially abbreviated to pro wrestling or wrestling) is an athletic form of entertainment based on a portrayal of a combat sport. … The content including match outcomes is choreographed and the combative actions and reactions are executed in special manners designed to both protect from, yet simulate, pain. … By and large, the true nature of the content is ignored by the performing promotion in official media in order to sustain and promote the willing suspension of disbelief for the audience by maintaining an aura of verisimilitude. Fan communications by individual wrestlers and promotions through outside media (i.e., interviews) will often directly acknowledge the fictional nature of the spectacle, making the predetermined nature of the sport something of an open secret. —Wikipedia