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American multimedia Artist Jennifer Rae Ochs returns to South Korea
Ochs will join artists from over 30 countries in Seoul April 25, 2013 – May 27, 2013 to build intercultural understanding and friendship through the power of art at the Gwanghwamun International Art Festival.
Despite growing tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang over 400 artists from around the globe will participate in the 9th annual Gwanghwamun International Art Festival in Seoul, South Korea. The month long festival held at the prestigious Sejong Cultural Center entitled “Good Morning Gwanghwamun” presents artists and visitors a “gateway” to share their work, ideas and hopes for better relations among all people and nations of the world.
Gwanghwamun is the main gate at Gyeongbokgung Palace in northern Seoul and was first constructed in 1395. Gwanghwamun symbolizes South Korea’s long history of resilience. The Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Gwanghwamun gate were burned out and abandoned for three centuries before being reconstructed in 1867. During the early 20th century occupation of Korea by the Empire of Japan the palace and gates were again nearly demolished. In 1989 the South Korean government embarked on a 40-year plan to rebuild and restore Gwanghwamun and other historical sites destroyed during the 35-year Japanese occupation.
“I see Gwanghwamun as a reminder that no matter what has happened in the past we can renew, rebuild and resolve our conflicts. Old enemies can become new friends and art and cultural exchange is a powerful tool for peace and reconciliation. I can’t wait to get back to Seoul for this wonderful event,” said Jennifer Rae Ochs of her participation in the festival.
Ochs, an internationally recognized multimedia artist based in Los Angeles first visited Korea in 2006 as the sole American artist invited to present works for a museum show, “Today and Tomorrow” also at the Sejong Cultural Center. For the Gwanghwamun festival Jennifer Rae Ochs will present a four-panel acrylic and mixed media on canvas piece inspired by the Korean people entitled “There is Light” . In addition to showing at the festival while in Korea Ochs will meet with collectors, curators and fellow artists to further foster artistic collaborations between the United States and South Korea.
Sejong Cultural Center
Sejong Story Hall
175 Sejong-daero (Sejongno) Jongno-gu,
Seoul 110-821, Korea
Festival Dates: April 25 2013 – May 27, 2013, Opening Event: April 25, 2013, 5 PM