Pay attention to the Advancement of Korean Artists
A growing number of hot issues that are linked to survival are striking the planet more than it used to be.
The problems of forest fire in Australia, volcanic eruptions in the Philippines and the epidemic caused by
coronavirus are no longer just domestic problems. There is curiosity about how the situation and experiences
in the global city that call for 'democracy, human rights, and peace' with respect to the solutions surrounding
the problem are treated as art.
The theme of the 2020 Gwangju Biennale is 'Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning'.
Define Ayas and Natasha Ginwala, the artistic directors, have indicated that this theme, focusing on artistic
practices for the global living system and co-survival, is a study process for numerous practices of life and
intelligence. A group of young people from the Korean Wave, called BTS, had a great influence on the world's youth,
calling for inner reflection with the message 'Search for who I am and love myself', regardless of race, religion and
the rich and the poor. They are striking the global mainstream with the Third World music using lyrics containing worries
of the same generation.
What about the Oscars of Bong Joon-ho, the director of ‘Parasite’? The conflict between survival and coexistence is
expressed as a metaphor filled with the structures of life that is extremely contrary to each other. Even though it is a
non-English speaking country, having won the four crowns of the Academy is just the same as a gaining the values the whole
world should be thinking about together already.
It means that the Korean Wave's remarkable cultural influences are organically connected and expressed in the wholistic
way and spirit of life including sports, Korean food, Korean beauty and Korean products. It is encouraging to see the brilliant
ability of all fields shining everywhere. The continuing of the communication of the existing survival problem of the art world
and the individual unique experiences is a task that we will constantly share and question about, irrespective of the country,
with respect to the function and role of art as long as we continue to live.
'Freedom', which introduces the contemporary art of Korean artists to the world, does not fluctuate despite the gloomy growth
index of the world, which is heavily predicted this year. Since the function of art is like the healing function of self-healing,
we look forward to the opening of time and season more carefully than ever before.
Art is expressed by filtering out the way of its own philosophy through the inner-self. We look forward to discovering the true
character of contemporary Korean artists through the ‘Freedom 2020’, which is being introduced for the third time this year.
Kim, Eun Sook (Company Director of Celsius/artcelsi)
Korean contemporary 83 artists who were active in 2019.