The Ha Jung-woong Collection Exhibition - Forgotten People, Never-ending Stories
- 2019.02.23 ~ 2019.05.26
- Admission Fee
- GMA Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art
- Gwangju Museum of Art (GMA)
Number of Works
Approximately 20 paintings, videos, and installations / 57 prints / 200 pieces of archival materials including books, photographs, and videos
The exhibition is intended to shed light on the history of forced labor and conscriptions of the Korean people that took place in the Akita region during the Japanese colonial era, marking the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement and the Provisional Government of Korea.
The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement, Korea’s nationwide independence movement in reaction to the repressive nature of colonial occupation by a foreign power. This movement served as momentum for the Empire of Japan to switch their oppressive policies to cultural ones and for Korean independence activists to found a provisional government for Korea in Shanghai, China. It was also a large-scale independence movement that was unprecedented in world history and had an effect on the May 4th Movement in China. The Gwangju Museum of Art (GMA) has arranged an art show featuring works primarily from its Ha Jung-woong Collection at the Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art.
Referred to as “art of prayer,” the works included in this collection convey messages of freedom and peace to mankind, as soothing words to those who were drafted by force, suffered harsh labor, and faded into the mists of history during the period of Japanese colonial rule. The exhibition Forgotten People, Never-ending Stories features witnesses and the testimonies of civilian workers who were forced into labor or drafted into the military, as well as long-held prayers for the recovery of human rights. The two pillars of the exhibition are the secret of the Statue of Tatsuko Hime set in Lake Tazawa and The Hanaoka Story, a print addressing the massacre of laborers at the Hanaoka copper mine.
The Statue of Tatsuko Hime set in Lake Tazawa is a symbolic showcase of the histories of concealment and oblivion, the pursuit of the truth, and consolation pertaining to the Korean people who were sacrificed for the constructions of waterways in Lake Tazawa, dams, and power plants. The Hanaoka Story dealing with the massacre of Chinese laborers at the Hanaoka copper mine has the viewers remember and reflect on an unhappy era.
The art show, designed to bring understanding to the pain the workers who were drafted by force suffered and to commemorate them, will serve as an opportunity to correct distorted history and ruminate on the meaning and value of human rights.