2019 Democracy, Human Rights and Peace. Korea Portrayed in Comics
- 2019.03.19 ~ 2019.06.30
- Admission Fee
- Exhibition hall 3~4
- Gwangju Museum of Art, The May 18 Memorial Foundation, A hub of Korea Manhwa contents industry, Chosun University
Number of Works
Approximately 100 works
2019 is a historic year to mark the 100th anniversary of the Korean Provisional Government (KPG). The Gwangju Museum of Art (GMA) has mounted Korea Portrayed in Comics as part of 2019 Democracy, Human Rights and Peace to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the KPG and to inherit the spirit of the Gwangju Democratization Movement of 1980.
The March 1st Independence Movement that took place on March 1, 1919 was a historic event in which Koreans around the nation declared their country’s independence and launched non-violent resistance regardless of their age, gender, and class. In particular, the movement’s spirit motivated the establishment of the KPG and provided a catalyst for the Korean independence movement and its diplomatic activities. Following this, the May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement sparked changeovers in both Korean contemporary politics and society. Imbued in the lives of local residents, the Gwangju spirit emerged from its people’s civic consciousness which was influenced by the distorted political and social conditions and situations of the period. The series of historic events mentioned above serves as a foundation for present Koreans and a footing on which they will continue to develop their nation.
Korea Portrayed in Comics, 2019 Democracy, Human Rights and Peace is an art show featuring comics the GMO will be presenting for the first time. The event is designed to look back on modern and contemporary Korean history by the medium of comics. Comics can either be a medium used to portray humanity’s lives and emotions such as joy, anger, sorrow, and pleasure via images combined with text or it can be a mirror of reality that reflects the thoughts and changes of the times. This exhibition is intended to bring its rather serious theme of Democracy, Human Rights and Peace to the public’s awareness through comics, a genre usually referred to as the ninth art.
Korea Portrayed in Comics consists of three sections: Anti-Japanese Movement, Contemporary History, and Human Rights. The event features significant works by Kang Pool, Park Gunwoong, Park Kijung, Lee Hyunse, Choi Kyuseok, and Choi Hochul that pertain to Korea’s turbulent history as well as editorial cartoons apropos of current events by Park Sunchan, Shin Myeonghwan, and Hwang Joonghwan. It is our expectation that the exhibition will serve as an opportunity for us to reconsider the significance of today and prepare for the future through works that examine historical research and works that are fiction predicated upon modern and contemporary history.