Commodity & Ideology | Exhibition Design and Responsive Website
Exhibition Design and Responsive Website
Korea Art Forum is a New York based non-profit with the mission of bridging the world through the arts. Several artists from North Korea were invited to make art alongside their contemporaries from China and South Korea as part of an ambitious residency program in New York City. I worked on the design of the exhibition, website, and catalog at the United Nations Church Center.
This proposed residency would have been the first time North Korean artists were granted a visa into the states. Due to escalating tensions, the visas were denied at the last minute while the North Korean artists were in transit at the US embassy in Bejing, China. The lead curator had the foresight to request the North Korean artists take photographs while in China and instructed the Chinese and Korean American artists to do the same on their overseas trips. A culminating exhibition originally intended to display work creating during the residency was to move forward with a collection of over 5k of photographs produced by the artists.
|Exhibition at the Church Center for the United Nations||Compendium website to further illustrate the core components of the project||Catalog highlighting aspects of the presentation and artworks|
x5 Posters, 37 x 56.5” in. each
Academic Scholar, Arts Professional, Diplomat, Student
current build offline for further design changes & development prototype below built using HTML/CSS/JS, roots.cx & semantic-ui Video not supported.
144 pp. As an extension of the curatorial remarks, the presentation was restructured into a flip-book format. The left-hand pages present a chronological scroll of images and notes taken in Beijing alongside the North Korean artists. The right-hand pages scroll randomly through selected photographs from all five artists.
At a time of diplomatic tensions, the opening reception of Commodity & Ideology 2 was a rare moment where both the North and South Korean UN delegates shared the same room. The exhibition was a critical success and received a mention in the New York Times. The composite posters have hence been exhibited internationally and continue to tell the story of peacebuilding through adversity. The Commodity & Ideology 2 website serves as an experimental prototype to be iterated upon and opened to the public should the project continue.back to top of page