Identity is not about certainty, whether of nation, gender, race, or the other. It is the way we choose to place ourselves in relation to how others choose to place us, at certain times, in given places and spaces. Rather than focusing on identity politics it is useful to address the politics of identity as a force driving the way we think about culture and the manner in which culture becomes manifested in our lives. Culture is always in flux and different constants reach out and intersect with others, creating fresher fusions of imagination and experience. In a globalized world we often observe these intersections as products of migration. This article aims to explore some of the consequences and manifestations of migration in respect to Korean artists’ oeuvres within Britain. I try to avoid canonizing these artworks in terms of their specific national identity, their Koreanness. I do nevertheless explore the relevance of identity as a grounding force, arguing that issues that have been categorized as Identity Politics are still of particular relevance to artists from South Korea, a nation which was preoccupied with a move towards democratization until 1989. However, I also suggest that the Western-centred discourse of identity politics cannot be neatly transposed to discussions of Korean identity and that this reality is relevant to artists’ awareness and explorations of their own identity as individuals in a globalized world.