Arts Space Boan 1942 – Residency Exchange and Exhibition
Artists from Seou,l Gemini Kim and Hyemin Son worked with Midlands based artists, Sayed Hassan and Feng-Ru Lee to create new works through a residency exchange that took place between January to April 2018 in respective cities Seoul and Nottingham to create a group show presented in Seoul, Art Space Boan in May/June 2018. The theme of the exhibition and residency was 'Rice'
Curators: Sooree Pillay and Aletheia Shin
The project was part of the national Baltic Residency programme as part of the Uk/Korea year of culture funded by Arts Council England lottery funds.
Migrating Flavours – Eastside Projects
Simply wondering about fruits, lost memories, ultimate sensations, irrational feelings, mixrice have many stories to tell. We invite you to their world of Migrating Flavours.
mixrice is an art collective led by Seoul based artists Cho Ji Eun (b.1975) and Yang Chul Mo (b.1977). Their work encompasses photography, video, animation, wall painting and festival organization, and is often produced in collaboration with migrant communities. mixrice focus on the traces and process of migration, what they describe as 'skin sense' – embodied, felt memories, tastes and sensations of place, which displaced individuals carry with them.
Since 2006, mixrice have been working in collaboration with a collective of illegal migrant workers based in the Maseok Factory Complex outside Seoul. The artists brought traces of their experiences in Seoul to Eastside Projects as video works and wall paintings, whilst also building connections with refugee and asylum seeker communities in Birmingham. In doing so they looked for the common ground between these contexts – two different ideas of what freedom might look like.
Whilst in residence in Birmingham, mixrice produced the second iteration of their project mixfruit. Working with migrant and refugee groups including the Birch Network meet and greet and Kushinga Garden, a project that brings together migrants, refugees and community gardeners in Bournville, mix rice led a series of workshops which asked participants to share memories of the sight, smell and taste of fruits from home, and to recreate these using coloured clay, drawing, writing, and the flesh of other fruits. The outcomes of these workshops, and others held across Birmingham, formed part of the exhibition at Eastside Projects.
'Migrating Flavours' was part of the Midlands Korea Season, led by New Art Exchange and Eastside Projects. The MKS created a platform for contemporary visual arts from Korea, with a focus on artists who explore issues of migration, borders, and displacement.
The exhibition was part of Korea/UK 2017-18, a national celebration of British and Korean art and culture funded by Arts Council England and Arts Council Korea and was also supported by the Korean Cultural Centre UK.
The Real DMZ
The Real DMZ: Artistic encounters through Korea's demilitarized zone has been curated by Sunjung KIM and The Real DMZ Project, a contemporary art project based on research conducted on the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. The exhibition features eight South Korean artists who address the reality of the division of the Korean peninsula – the persisting violence, tension and various perceptions of North Korea.
Given North Korea's hermetic status as a nation, artists in the exhibition including Kyungah HAM, Onejoon CHE, and Seung Woo BACK, question the representations of North Korea that permeate the mainstream media, and provide new, inventive possibilities of imagining the North. Envisioning the DMZ itself, Hayoun KWON has produced a video based virtual walk-through of the DMZ based on accounts from a soldier stationed there, and Soyoung CHUNG, who participated in an artist-in-residency program at Yangji-ri, a village in the border area, presents an installation inspired by the lights she saw in the dark imagining they were signals from the North. Photographs by Heinkuhn OH and PARK Chan-kyong feature young soldiers from the South and North respectively. Heinkuhn OH's portraits show conflicting moments of violence, anxiety and absurdity, and PARK Chan-kyong's new video piece reveals the vulnerable, humanistic sides of North Korea through ordinary and tender moments of childhood. The exhibition also features new work by Yeondoo JUNG.
The Real DMZ is part of the Midlands Korea Season (led by NAE and Eastside Projects) and Korea/UK 2017-18, a national celebration of British and Korean art and culture. The show has been financially supported by Arts Council England and Arts Council Korea (ARKO).
Image credit: Absurd Play, by Heinkuhn OH