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Former presidential compound opens exhibition for disabled artists
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Former presidential compound opens exhibition for disabled artists
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  • 승인 2022.09.02 12:23
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A unique art exhibition presented by disabled artists is being held in the former presidential compound.
An exhibition featuring works by disabled artists dubbed "Into the People, Into Harmony" (unofficial translation) on Aug. 31 is opened at the second-floor briefing room of Chunchugwan at the former presidential compound of Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul's Jongno-gu District. (Jeon Han)
An exhibition featuring works by disabled artists dubbed "Into the People, Into Harmony" (unofficial translation) on Aug. 31 is opened at the second-floor briefing room of Chunchugwan at the former presidential compound of Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul's Jongno-gu District. (Jeon Han)

The former presidential compound of Cheong Wa Dae has started its use as a multipurpose cultural complex through an inaugural exhibition for disabled artists. 
 

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Federation of Disability Culture & Arts Associations of Korea on Aug. 31 opened "Into the People, Into Harmony" (unofficial translation), which features around 60 art pieces at the second-floor briefing room of Chunchugwan. The event runs through Sept. 19.

 

Fifty artists with developmental, mental and hearing disabilities active in Western, Korean and literary art, calligraphy and crafts will participate in the exhibition.

 

Among the 59 works is Kim Hyun-woo's "Percy Jackson: Mathematical Drawing" (unofficial translation), a work that caught the attention of U.S. President Joe Biden during a bilateral summit in Seoul in May.

 

The event also features a work that captures the friendly appearance of characters from the hit K-drama "Our Blues" (2022) by artist Jung Eun-hye, who appeared in the series. 

 

The oldest participating artist, Bang Doo-young, 75, expresses birth and instability in life through his work "Unstable City - Where Are We?" (unofficial translation).
 

One of the youngest artists, Jung Sung-won, 21, is known as a "fox artist" for drawing the furry animal. She displayed her work "Poolside Party" features foxes.

"Youngok and Younghee" (left) is by Jung Eun-hye and "My Here" by Kim Hyun-woo. (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism).
"Youngok and Younghee" (left) is by Jung Eun-hye and "My Here" by Kim Hyun-woo. (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism).

 

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Bo Gyoon said, "As the first event to use Cheong Wa Dae as a cultural and arts space, the exhibition will show a moment of empathy, communication and inclusion at an arts site where the disabled and nondisabled coexist."

Completed in 1990, Chunchugwan served as the president's media briefing center. The ministry said it installed a temporary wall inside the facility to set up the exhibition space without damaging the building's interior or exterior.


The exhibition will offer brochures and written guides in Braille for the visually impaired as well as audio docents. Sign language interpreters will also assist the hearing impaired.

The exhibition also offers wheelchair access and is being presented in the form of a "relaxation performance" for visitors with developmental disabilities. The inclusive cultural piece allows visitors to understand sounds or movements caused by disabilities.

Volunteer guides will explain the displayed works twice a day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The exhibition is closed on Tuesdays and requires no reservation. Admission is free. 

 

 


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