Press Release


Korea art forum, lily & hongleiDear Friends and Supporters of Korea Art Forum,
On behalf of the participating artists and KAF, I am very pleased to announce

KOREA. Contemporary Art from South and North Korea

5:30 – 6:00: Opening Remarks by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Director of Asian and Asian American Studies Institute / Followed by an Introduction to and Dialogue with the Curator of the exhibition, Heng-Gil Han
6:00 – 7:00: Gallery Tour of Exhibition with Curator and Artists attending the Opening
7:00 – 7:30: Intermission
7:30 – 8:20: “DRUM KOREA” Percussion Performance / Chamber Stage – Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

2132 Hillside Road, Unit 3104, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3104.

“KOREA” presents work by South and North Korean artists in juxtaposition along with work by international artists. South Korean artists include Ildan Choi, Sungho Choi, Henry Kim, Myong Hi Kim, Tcha-sup Kim, Kakyoung Lee, Kelvin K. Park, Yooah Park, and Sungsook Setton while North Korean artists are Chang-ho Choi, Gye-keun Choi, Chang-mo Chung, In-soo Pang, Chang Ri, Young Sunu, and others. International artists include Nick Bonner, Debby Branch, and an artist collective, Lily and Honglei. To enrich the context, the exhibition also collects some items from North Korea such as art related books, posters, and stamps. The exhibition does not attempt to intervene in any political matters. Focused only on art, the exhibition is a comparative study that attempts not only to explore arts from the two Koreas, but also to provoke a critical reflection on current international exhibitions that, driven by the force of the global art market, stylize contemporary art, which in turn increasingly becomes homogeneous in appearance. Still, the exhibition opens up a philosophical discourse on the possibility of writing about a deep continuity of perpetually altering contemporary art that advances by the logic of contradiction. The exhibition sets a geographical limit to its investigation of the arts from Korea, which is not to promote Korean nationalism, but to examine a thermocline in contemporary art by looking at the fascinating narratives and frameworks of art from Korea.

To enhance the public experience of the exhibition, the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts specially offers “Drum Korea” as a part of the exhibition’s Opening program, presenting a set of Korean percussion music. The repertoire includes Moon Gut (a traditional ritual music that performers play when entering the stage), Jindo Bukchoom (a Korean traditional drum dance performed by farmers), Samdo Sul Changgo (a percussion music widely spread in southern South Korea), and Samdo Samulnori (an ensemble of four percussion instruments). The concert is performed by the New York Korean Traditional Marching Band, a professional Korean traditional percussion group based in Flushing, New York. Members of the band include Chunseung Lee, Sangyul Lee, and Maggie Kim.

The exhibition and its programs are fruits of yearlong collaboration with the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University Connecticut. The exhibition, an improved edition of KOREA that was previously presented in 2014 at the FiveMyles in Brooklyn, NY, will run through December 11, 2015.


Professor Cathy Schlund-Vials, Director
Asian and Asian American Studies Institute / CLAS
University of Connecticut
354 Mansfield Road, Unit 1091
Storrs, CT 06269-1091
PH: (860) 486-9412

Rodney Rock, Director
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
University of Connecticut
2132 Hillside Road, Unit-3104
Storrs, CT 062679-3104
PH: (860)486-1983

Heng-Gil Han at
PH: 347-840-1142

-from, Heng-Gil Han, the director of Korea Art Forum

Lily & Honglei art studio is invited to participate the exhibition with video ‘Moon’-

Lily & Honglei, media artist from China

Moon still 1, Chinese ink painting on rice paper, 24x36in. by Lily & Honglei. 2012

In the video Moon, the lunar phases are looked upon through a poetic lens. In Far Eastern culture, such phases symbolize the elusiveness of fate as well as both the separation and reunion of loved ones. By setting original ink painting works in motion, Moon presents a natural phenomenon in a manner that unveils an introspective human world – an approach is profoundly inspired by traditional Chinese poetry and art. A reflection upon humanity, conflict, loss, and hope is drawn through space and time as a dreamscape of inner emotions merged with the natural world. The film is comprised of a series of Chinese ink paintings on rice paper and could be projected on a variety of different surfaces such as a solid wall or a still pond of water. Both indoors and outdoors environments are fit within the scale of this project. (2014 © Lily & Honglei Art Studio. All rights reserved. )