The seven years’ struggle has brought many art activists. A creative heart for peace and justice cannot but bring art. Mr. Koh Gilchun, Jeju artist has collected art activism works in Gangjeong and worked together with the staffs of Peace Museum in Seoul to shine light on those.
The exhibition titled ‘Jeju Haejeon,’ is shown in the Peace Museum, Seoul, from June 28 to August 14. The title is a parody of the Korean words, ‘hae’ which means ‘sea,’ and ‘jeon’ which means both of ‘warfare’ and ‘exhibition.’ Among the displayed art activism works, we can see paintings by Emily Wang (Wang Yu-Hsuan) and banners by Benjamin Monnet. We see an earth flag presented by Angie Zelter. All were deported.
On the day, village mayor Kang Dong-Kyun, villager poet, Kim Sung-Kyu and respected Jeju 4·3 novelist Hyun Ki-Young joined the opening ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of Gangjeong art activism. Beside art activism works, chronological record of the struggle, public relation materials, movies were also displayed.
The exhibition is a dynamic movement entity itself, though, with no definite end lists of artists. It is a movement to realize the importance of ongoing records, in the process to build a Life and Peace village, which would spark another creative hearts and minds for peace and justice.
Video: Song, ‘Il-Gangjeong’ (meaning Gangjeong, the best village), sung by the Shinzzakkot band formed of Gangjeong peace keepers during the opening ceremony of the exhibition on June 28, 2013 (Video by Koh Gilchun. To see other videos, click, here)
Due to popularity, the exhibition has been extended to August 14th. Please check it out if you are in Seoul.Art