Home CULTURE Gangwon International Biennale 2018 To Showcase A Unique Culture Alongside The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games

Gangwon International Biennale 2018 To Showcase A Unique Culture Alongside The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games

Gangwon International Biennale

The first Gangwon International Biennale is set to take off from Saturday, February 3 until Sunday, March 18 around the Gangneung Green City Experience Center (e-Zen) in Gangneung-si, one of the host cities of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With barely 13 days to the Opening of the Games, the Gangwon International Biennale has been recognized as the main cultural event of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, after prior recognitions through ‘Peace Project 155’ in August, ‘Portfolio Review’ in October and ‘Press Conference’ in November in 2017.

A spectacular opening ceremony will usher the Biennale on Saturday, February 3 from 2 pm at the Exhibition Hall B with a media art performance from the Tacit group.

Admission to the Biennale is absolutely FREE and opened from 10 am – 6 pm every day. In addition, the first Biennale conversation is scheduled to be held on Sunday, February 4, 2018, from 2-5pm at the Gangneung e-zen, Multi-purpose Hall.

The 44-day event is proudly hosted by Gangwon-do Province and organized by Gangwon International Art Exhibition & Folk Art Festival Organizing Committee under the paradoxical theme of ‘The Dictionary of Evil’. While the word “evil” entails a negative connotation, this concrete theme contemplates tragic experiences from history. On each page of the dictionary, a word is symbolized through a shared tragic “experience” or “situation”.

The Organizing Committee has put maximum efforts in making concrete preparation as the biennale happens simultaneously with the international mega-event of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

It is also remarkable to note that, “The Dictionary of Evil” is based on the Olympic spirit of harmony, coexistence, equality, and peace, and overcoming struggles. The theme channels that spirit into reality. It is also linked to humanism, the origin of the Olympic spirit; and aligns with a selfless life of coexistence between ethnicities and cultures, and with consideration for others.

The Biennale introduces a collection of more than 110 artworks by 58 individuals and groups of artists from Korea and 22 other countries. It will also explore the experience and memory of internal wounds, positivity of question, humanism and human values, and the role and responsibility of the arts as its topics. A great variety of artworks of media, sculpture, installation, painting, and performances will be exhibited in the Gangwon International Biennale.

With this, Games attendants will be able to see through Korean Art and Culture throughout the 44-day journey of a contemporary exhibition.

The Art director, HONG Kyoung-Han said that the topic of ‘The Dictionary of Evil’ is based on the fundamental role of biennales and the responsibility of artists who have questioned the nature and role of art in society through art language. He further added that “this exhibition ultimately aims to question humanity and human values.”

Among some of the renowned foreign artists who will exhibit at the Biennale include:

Syrian artist, Tammam Azzam who has been working on the demanding focus on the tragedy and refugees of the Syrian Civil War; and Akram Zaatari (Lebanon) who is famous for collecting and analyzing a wide range of data of political and cultural situations in the Middle East. Others are, Thomas Hirschhorn (Switzerland), renowned for being severely critical of the political problems in modern society through the images of violent and miserable moments, reconstructing the violence and world of evil through grotesque images; and Walid Raad (Lebanon / United States), who shows the misconception and oblivion of the history of the Lebanon Civil War; as well as the continuation of tragedy and trauma.

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Wael Shawky, The Cabaret Crusades-The Path to Cairo, HD Film, sound, colour, 58 mins, 2012 ¨Ï Wael Shawky. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

These artists have presented outstanding works at major art fields such as the Venice Biennale, Kassel Documenta and art museums and galleries.

Exemplary Korean Artists like Chang Jia, D Hwang, Han HyoSeok, Sim SeungWook, Choi Sun, Choi ChanSook, Black Jaguar, Lee Jinju, Safranski Mackerel, Kim Kira and Kim HyungKyu will also exhibit their works of art at the ‘Gangwon International Biennale 2018’. Most of the artworks are their new pieces and will be introduced to the public for the first time at the Gangwon International Biennale.

Everyone is invited to this year’s Gangwon International Biennale, a unique cultural showcase that will shine through the PyeongChang 2018 Games in connecting passion and inspire global art and peace.

Public guided tours will be held alongside the event for attendants throughout the Biennale period at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 hours daily.

For group visits (possible for 10 or more people), kindly send reservation application to the contacts below; Tel.: 82-33-243-0784~5 E-mail: biennale@gwbien.com

For Press Coverage, contact the Foreign Press Liaison Manager Dowon (Jang Hye-Jin) on  Tel: +82-10-7247-4552, Email: dowontree@gmail.com

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Williams is a Ghanaian Sport Management Consultant, Writer and Digital Entrepreneur living in Seoul, South Korea. He is obsessed with sports, tech and startups, acculturation, books, travel, philanthropy and loves to write about them. He roves around Seoul taking photos and eating Korean street foods.

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