Happy Thanksgiving: Rainbow Teen Safe Space

I hope that you are all enjoying full bellies and hearts today. Despite it’s questionable start, Thanksgiving has become a time for celebrating family, friends, and food. My husband and I headed slightly south for a cold weather reprieve (I hope!), bourbon, pie, and the famous Jewsbury mashed potatoes.

Among many things, something for which I’m thankful this year is the Rainbow Teens Safe Space campaign. It is always important to see teens being supported, especially teens who are dangerously marginalized. According to their website, “Korea is a culturally conservative society; therefore, heterosexism and homophobia are prevalent in the homes, schools, religious centers, and streets. Consequently, LGBTQ teens are very likely to be in danger of emotional, verbal, and sometimes physical abuse/violence. As a result, they face psychological problems such as depression, low self-esteem, and high risk of committing suicide. Despite the demand, there are no free counseling centers, hotlines, or shelters in Korea for the LGBTQ teens.” Additional documentation about the project is provided here.

Enjoy your day today!

Contemporary Korean Art Roundup

By North Korean artist, Kouk Kun Son, as part of the DMZ International Installation Art Exhibition (2013)

PARA SITE in Hong Kong just opened Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s: Japan, South Korea, and TaiwanPart of the statement about the exhibition reads: “A small essay of comparative art history, this exhibition highlights “anti-art” performative tendencies in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in the 1960s—a decade of turbulence and transformation worldwide, which was also a critical period in the social and political, as well as cultural and artistic histories of the three neighboring countries.”

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea is now open! According to e-flux, “MMCA Seoul will approach citizens as a familiar and inviting museum by leading public-friendly programs, and aspires to be a “comprehensive museum integrating the past and future in the present,” a “central museum for Korean art in enhancing global diversity,” and an “open museum inducing cultural development.” The MMCA website is here. For other contemporary art space in the area click here.

This week thinkers in Korea will be thinking about the Busan Biennale upcoming in 2014: “The Busan Biennale, which is set to celebrate its eighth biennial event in 2014, seeks to explore differentiation strategies in an increasingly competitive global biennale ecosystem and reflect on the characteristics of the ecosystem which can benefit the Busan Biennale and the methods of establishing the system.” via e-flux

A few months ago I wrote a post about art around the DMZ. Projects are continually popping up. Most recently, I ran across DMZ International Installation Art Exhibition (see image above). I found the project via the artist Jung S. Kim who I found through this investment advice.

Art in Seoul

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Click here to see my most recent post on Art Radar Asia! I review top contemporary art destinations in and around Seoul.

A list summary of the spaces reviewed in the article:

Samcheong-dong: PKMArt Sonje CenterKukje GalleryGallery Simon,  Palais de SéoulOne and J Gallery;  Alternative Space LoopDOOSAN Gallery (in Seoul and New York); Art Space Jungmiso; and Hyeri Art Valley in Paju new the DMZ.