• MICA KOREA 2007 EXHIBITION WHITE in Seoul and Baltimore W3= White Day, Wedding, Women…

    Date posted: September 4, 2007 Author: jolanta
    White, often seen as neutral, blank, and empty, is also laden with
    cultural, social, and historical associations and significations. A
    group of twelve Korean and American artists collaborated on a feminist
    art exhibition in Seoul, Korea around the theme white and used the
    color white as the lens through which to view Korean culture. In
    particular, they examined certain cultural phenomena that are
    symptomatic of the fantasy-driven capital industry of Korea …
    MICA Korea 2007 project - nyartsmagazine.com

    MICA KOREA 2007 EXHIBITION WHITE in Seoul and Baltimore W3= White Day, Wedding, Women…

    MICA Korea 2007 project - nyartsmagazine.com
    Diamonds: Will You Marry Me? Outdoors Light Installation MICA Korea 2007 project, Exhibition WHITE SSamzieGil, Seoul, Korea

    White, often seen as neutral, blank, and empty, is also laden with cultural, social, and historical associations and significations. A group of twelve Korean and American artists collaborated on a feminist art exhibition in Seoul, Korea around the theme white and used the color white as the lens through which to view Korean culture. In particular, they examined certain cultural phenomena that are symptomatic of the fantasy-driven capital industry of Korea, including White Day, the ideal “white wedding,” and the cosmetic desire for white skin, which is marked by light skin color protected by the artifice of sun-umbrellas, sunscreen, make-up, and other plastis. Upon bringing this exhibition to Baltimore, the exhibition also raises questions related to race, class, and the capital market in America as well.

    Exhibition WHITE is a project done through the MICA Korea program directed by artist Mina Cheon and architect Gabriel Kroiz (of Kroiz Architecture); with visiting curator George Ciscle, visiting artist Eve Andrée Laramée, and director assistant Eugene Ahn; and include participants Kari Altmann, Kim Bentley, Adeetje Bouma, Hannah Cochran, Viviana Cordova, Candace Fong, Jiah Im, Soohyun Kang, Nara Park, and Pete Razon. The group consisted of faculty members and students of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with two students Isak Chung and Yena Chang from the Korean National University of Arts.

    The MICA Korea summer study abroad program is a groundbreaking arts program set in Seoul, South Korea, one of Asia’s most dynamic cities, and challenges young artists to create and exhibit artwork based on their experience of place and culture. A series of large and small installation and sculptural works were installed at several galleries (Gallery SSamzie, SSamzieGil courtyard and Gallery 175) in Seoul, Korea before traveling to MICA this fall. Each year, the projects done by MICA Korea program receive Korean and international press attention, many of the artworks collected by private collectors, and some of the installation pieces collected by the SSAMZIE Museum, Paju, Korea. The exhibition at MICA this year is sponsored by SSAMZIE. Co., Ltd. of Korea and was covered by the associated press of Korea.

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