[Art Center White Block] True Colour of the Sun

2020.04.24-2020.06.21 /

[Art Center White Block] True Colour of the Sun

■ Exhibition Summary

  – The Subject of the Exhibition: ≪True Colour of the Sun≫

  – Period of Exhibition: Apr. 24 (Friday) ~ Jun. 21 in 2020 (Sunday)

  – Place of Exhibition: Art Center White Block (72, Heyrimaeul-gil, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do)

  – Participating Artists: Kim Mooyoung, Kim YoungEun, Park Byounglae, Song Sejin, Shin Jungkyun, Zin Kijong

  – Hosted and organized by Art Center White Block

  – Sponsored by Arts Council Korea

  – Admission Fee: 3,000 KRW (Free Admission when Choosing the Café)

  – Admission Time: [Weeks] 11:00 am ~ 6:00 pm [Weekends and Holidays] 11:00 am ~ 6:30 pm

  ※ For social distancing and COVID-19 related rules, no opening event will be held.

■ Running Movie Program Linked with the Exhibition

  – Date: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm Jun. 18, 2020 (Thursday)

  – Place: Art Center White Block – Participation Fee: Free

  – MC: Jeong Jong-hwa (the Senior Researcher of Korean Film Archive)

  – Running Movie: <Mismatched Nose> (1980)

  – Target: Some 40 people

  – The Story and Background of the Movie Production: A movie will be run, with the commentary of movie critics, before the talk program is held. The movie concerns the realism-based look at national division by Director Im Kwon-taek. It is significant because this movie considers the left/right ideological paradigm in South Korean society, from an objective perspective, in contrast to national anti-communism movies made by the government. Thus, the aim of this exhibition is to understand the exhibition that will be held, with the focus on ideological confrontations and conflicts in our society.

In the first half of 2020, in order to prevent further fear and the spread of infection due to the COVID-19 virus, we have restrictions on our daily lives. Under these circumstances, social contact has become abnormal, with all of society in shock due to the incident of Telegram’s Room number N. In the middle of this situation, the election for the 21st National Assembly was held. Politicians concocted and fabricated the two previous incidents to serve their own advantage and they even created fake news. Voting results marked on a map of half the Korean Peninsula clearly indicated the division of East and West as red and blue. This visual material reminded many of an anti-communist poster in the 1980s where North Korea was painted in red whereas South Korea was painted in blue.

In the winter of 2016, many people, too many to count, gathered in the Gwanghwamun Plaza every weekend and they shouted out, demanding the impeachment of the president, while holding candles. As the size of the candlelight protests grew, another group of people gathered on the other side and declared that impeachment was wrong and that the president was falsely accused, while holding Taegeukgi, the national flag of Korea. The president was removed from office and a new government was launched. Even more people gathered at Gwanghwamun Plaza with the Taegeukgi and the American flag and occupied the road in front of the Blue House. What hundreds of thousands believe as truth, another hundreds of thousands believe is conspiracy. As a lot of information wanders around, and is only seen by those who want to see it, with much of it accepted only because of one’s own political convictions. This creates a situation where the truth becomes blurred and distorted.

The Art Center White Block will present “2020 True Colour of the Sun”, an exhibition dealing with ideological confrontation and conflict in our society. The present conditions show that the anti-communist beliefs dominating since the Korean War, the conflict between progressive and a conservative, the Saemaul spirit encouraged for economic development, stereotypes and prejudices learned by rote, and religious and political bias dominate our daily lives.

When a notion is created once, it does not change easily. We perceive that the color of the Sun is red. Even when we cannot look at the sun in the sky because it's too bright, or when we thought it was the Moon behind the clouds when actually it was the Sun behind the clouds, it was definitely not red, but our perception does not change. The red Sun can only be seen at sunset or sunrise and the color of the Sun changes from yellow to orange. The Sun looks different in color depending on atmospheric conditions. And when I took a picture of the Sun with a Polaroid camera, the color of the captured Sun was black.

Written by Seong-Eun Kang (Head of the Arts Department at the Art Center White Block)

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