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DMZ film festival in limelight as it coincides with summit

DMZ film festival in limelight as it coincides with summit

This year’s DMZ International Film Festival has been in the limelight due to its rare overlapping with the inter-Korean summit that began on Tuesday.  Opening last Thursday, the film festival has screened 142 documentaries from 39 countries. Some of the films were shot in or feature topics related to North Korea.  The week-long film fest […]

Looking for needle in Gwangju Biennale’s haystack

Looking for needle in Gwangju Biennale’s haystack

Gwangju Biennale explores border issues in scattergun approach Under the theme “Imagined Borders,” derived from Benedict Anderson’s book “Imagined Communities,” the 2018 Gwangju Biennale deals with imminent issues such as refugees, migration, cold war, divisions and the digital divide. For this year’s Gwangju Biennale, 11 curators organized seven main exhibitions with some 300 works of […]

The history of Loewe

The history of Loewe

The history of Loewe began in 1846 when Juan Loewe Latte opened his leather workshop in the main district of Lobo in Madrid, Spain. By 1872, Juan Loewe started collaborating with German craftsman Enrique Roessberg Loewe and other artisans, all the while maturing his own brand. In 1945, Loewe debuted with his calfskin leather bags […]

Paper, Present

Paper, Present

Normalization of digital media brought with it the assumption that print mediums—paper—would soon become obsolete. The popularity of Kindle tablets certainly suggested this, and offline news sources often went unread as there was always the more easily accessible online version.  But for some artists, paper has become more than useful. In place of costly art […]

Where to go: Boan Yeogwan

Where to go: Boan Yeogwan

There aren’t many places that hold innocent history within its walls. But right in the heart of Seoul, in Tong-uidong, Boan Yeogwan(Inn) has for 80 years carried that kind of historical significance. In 1936, Korean poet Seo Jeong-ju frequented this inn where he met with friends such as Kim Dong-ri and Kim Dal-jin (also poets) […]

Chagall in Seoul

Chagall in Seoul

From May 28th to August 18th, the M Contemporary Museum, in Seoul, holds a special exhibition. Chagall is a project that assembles Marc Chagall’s artwork. The exhibition is divided into five different sections: Dreams, Fables, Religion, which includes Bible related artwork, War and Exodus, which combines Chagall’s famous illustrations, The Path of Poetry, a part […]

“Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it”: How Artists Describe the World

“Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it”: How Artists Describe the World

Back in 2010, when Banksy, an anonymous England-based graffiti artist and film director, visited San Francisco, his work popped up in various neighborhoods. A curator, Brian Greif, had taken off a part of the wall that had Banksy’s graffiti to preserve it; he looked for a museum that accepted the piece and since then, has […]

International Festival of Songrwriters to be held November in Costa Rica

International Festival of Songrwriters to be held November in Costa Rica

Egyptian poet and novelist Ashraf Aboul-Yazid (Dali) has joined members of the jury of the International Festival of Songwriters in Costa Rica organized by the Health Without Borders Foundation along with singer-songwriter Javier Malca, Spanish poets and songwriters Luis Pastor and Lourdes Guerra, and Director of Poetry Festival Costa Rica Norberto Salinas. Susana Poveda Solorzano, […]

Kuciia Diamant and the South Korean Drag Community

Kuciia Diamant and the South Korean Drag Community

The drag queen community in South Korea is growing and consists of both Koreans and foreigners. By definition, a drag queen is a male who dresses in exaggerated feminine attire (drag) and acts with exaggerated femininity often as entertainment. Drag queens tend to have extravagant characteristics and bold features created by heavy makeup. I interviewed […]

Seung Hwan Oh Artwork: Photography Meets Science

Seung Hwan Oh Artwork: Photography Meets Science

In a cozy bar near the Blue House, I met Oh Seung-hwan, also known as Tonio, a Korean photographer based in Seoul. While he was studying film at Hunter College in New York, he discovered his passion for photography. But Oh does not simply take photos. By focusing on making critiques against society and the […]

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