The Return of the Social in the Contemporary Visual Culture in Korea

March 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A YCAR Workshop exploring:

Saving the Baedari town: The Role of Alternative Cultural Space, Space Beam, in the Crisis of Urban Redevelopment in Incheon, South Korea

Min problematizes urban redevelopment projects by the Incheon Municipal government that promote “creativity” for urban-branding while destroying local history and identity. He discusses “creative” efforts of residents and citizen groups to build local communities and ecologies and to challenge speculative urban redevelopment. He focuses on a case of the ongoing battle of Baedari town in Incheon, South Korea.

Woongi Min is director of the alternative cultural space, Space Beam Community, located in Baedari, Incheon, South Korea. In collaboration with residents and urban activists, Min is committed to building community through community-engaged cultural activities, education programs, and protests against problematic urban redevelopment and gentrification. He concerns the crucial roles of art in coping with critical urban issues outside the mainstream art institutions.

Protesting Grandmother: Creativity, Energy Activism and the Visual Politics of Nostalgia in the Neo-Developmental South Korea
Su Young Choi presents the visual iconicity of the Miryang grandmother in the environmental struggle of the rural residents of Miryang against the Korea Electronic Power Corporation’s construction of 765kV transmission towers in South Korea.

The Statues of Korean “Comfort Women”: Public Art between Art and Politics
Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon presents the controversies surrounding a series of bronze statues of a barefoot girl representing the young women, referred to as “comfort women,” who were victims of sexual slavery by the Japanese military during the Pacific War.

Please RSVP to by 14 March 2017.

This event is organized by Hong Kal (Visual Arts) with support from the York Centre for Asian Research.

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