From August 25 to November 2, the Anyang Public Art Project (APAP), the oldest public art festival in Korea, will be held. The APAP, which is held every three years, is celebrating its seventh event this year and is directed by art critic Sung-ho Kim. The theme of this year is “Zone 7 – Your Imaginary Space,” which means that APAP will function as a public sphere for art based on imagination germinated from reality.
The main project during the festival consists of outdoor and indoor exhibitions, online exhibitions, and side events such as academic programs, lecture programs, and tour programs. Unlike previous projects, this project is characterized by the fact that the Former Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency will be transformed into an exhibition space and an indoor exhibition will be organized together. The indoor exhibition is divided into three sections: ‘Human Space’, which highlights how to coexist with others in society, ‘Eco Space’, which considers the relationship between humans and nature, and ‘Smart Space’, which deals with current and future imagination on science and technology. The first and second floors of the indoor exhibition space display the works of a total of about 40 artists(team).
APAP7 will play the role of a public sphere in various ways, not only during the event, but also before (Pre Project) and after (Post Project) the event by conducting community programs, and Pre/Post Conferences with citizens and experts.
Incheon Art Platform’s special exhibition An Observation of the Yellow Sea will be showcased from September 7 to November 12. The exhibition, which features 20 artists, explores the various aspects of the sea, not only as a landscape, but also as a scene of life, a means of communication, and a space for the birth of life.
The works start their stories from different points. At the beginning and end of the exhibition, CHO Kwang Hyun’s works are detailed drawings of more than 1,600 fishes from across the Korean Peninsula over 15 years. While Cho’s work looks at life in the sea, there are also several works that tell the stories of the people who make the sea their home. JUN Sojung’s video explores the life of a Korean haenyeo (female diver), while PARK Mirae tells the story of her grandfather, who spent his life by the sea as a fisherman. Furthermore, LEE Jaeuk and HA Seunghyeon examine the sea in a social context, focusing on the cases of labor exploitation against the backdrop of the sea.
Some works illuminate the sea as a part of the environment in relation to the issue of marine pollution. KIM Jung-Ah shows a work in which marine debris has taken the place of traditional symbols, and Green Korea Incheon shows the organization’s actions for the marine environment through video and documentation. Yangkura has created a monster out of marine debris that lights up when the pedals are rolled. Other works include the work of KANG Dong Wan, who collects and displays marine debris from North Korea, and CHA Gi-Youl’s work using objects collected from the sea. This exhibition captures the different perspectives of artists centered on the sea.