An artist residency with participants from North Korea, China, and US / South Korea artists results in failure due to rising diplomatic uncertainty and tension. The artists are encouraged to take photographs for incusion into an exhibition at the Church Center for the United Nations in their absence.
Work in concert with the curator to design an exhibition and compendium website to convey the residency, grow the audience, and promote peace through cross-cultural understanding and dialog
understand the mission & content
Korea Art Forum had invited three North Korean Artists, one artist from China, and one artist from South Korea / United States to meet in New York City for a month-long residency program. Culminating in an exhibition at the United Nations Church Center, this would be the first time North Korean artists would have the opportunity to visit the United States.
Initially, the US and North Korean governments were responsive to the cross-cultural effort, and a visa interview was scheduled at the United States Embassy in Beijing. While in Beijing the North Korean artists were encouraged to tour and take photographs throughout the city. Over the course of a week tensions escalated between the government North Korea and the United States, the interview was canceled, and the North Korean artists were recalled to Pyongyang. Knowing now that the residency as intended would not take place, the two remaining Chinese and South Korean artists would take pictures as they continued their travels.
A collected set of over 5000 images would then be the basis for realizing Commodity and Ideology Pt. 2 at the United Nations Church Center and a compendium website at kafny.org
define & plan
Compendium website to further illustrate the core components of the project
Exhibition at the Church Center for the United Nations to present this project
research & requirements
prototype & catalog