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[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art

2017/06/18 | 371 views | Permalink

Seoul City calls on residents to help unearth the city's street art, enjoy a photo gallery of the stunning Seokbulsa Temple, Ocula reports on the recently concluded Art Busan, and Vice puts some of Korea's brave female tattoo artists in the spotlight.

"[Herald Interview] 'Public input can improve Seoul's art'"

Seoul City is on a mission to "help residents unearth art on the city's streets" through an innovative social project called "Art on Seoul's Streets Found by Citizens". If you've ever visited Korea before, especially the country's capital, Seoul, then you would have witnessed the splendid array of stunning artworks scattered around the city. This project encourages participants (accompanied by art experts) to discover and promote lesser-known works of art around the city. "When it comes to public art, citizens should participate from the early stage of planning to removal. Citizens, instead of institutions or building owners, are the main appreciators of public art with responsibility to provide their opinion", said Shim So-mi, an independent curator.


"Seokbulsa Temple, South Korea. The most amazing temple I have ever seen"

It's the perfect time of year to enjoy one of Korea's many amazing hiking trails. But the journey will be all the sweeter if there is a beautiful vista at the end of it, and Seokbulsa (Stone Buddha Temple) is just the right place. "As soon as I reach the top and enter the area with all the statues carved into the mountain I fell silent", writes one foreigner who ventured up the 3km path to the top of this stunning temple. "Respect to the artists who had the patience and skill to carve directly into the mountain". Click on through to see some stunning pics of this gorgeous Buddhist temple...


"Train to Busan: a report from the art fair in South Korea's second city"

The Art Busan food fair recently came to a close in country's seconds biggest city and Ocula has this report. The event was launched in 2012 with the purpose of "branding the city as a hub for art and culture, positioning the city's attractive scenery as a draw for international collectors". Art Busan 2017 included 170 galleries from 16 countries and contained both traditional and modern art. "As gleaned from a conversation with an artist in Seoul, only now with the new more liberal President Moon Jae-in do artists feel more comfortable to publicaly show their more critical works", writes Elliat Albrecht.


"Inside the Illegal Subculture of Female Korean Tattoo Artists"

Vice investigates the lives of a handful of brave South Korean tattoo artists who are 'sacrificing safety for art'. Although it's not illegal to have a tattoo in Korea, only medical professional are allowed to give tattoos because it's considered an invasive procedure. "Unless they leave the country, they can't legally get a tattoo", writes Tim Chan. "If they visit an underground parlor, they run the risk of getting arrested-and taking the tattoo shop down with them".


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