An unforeseen event that took place during 2020, which unfortunately is looming over still, dislocated the meaning of home—a space where one resides—in a manner so fast and profound for any one of us to catch up with. In times like this, residents’ relations with their homes are reshaped every day (or every moment) as time, place or circumstances change. Keeping this in mind, this year’s Taehwa River Eco Art Festival, titled <Unhidden / Unseeable> sets out to explore what, if any, meaning a home holds in today’s world. While we may all have different thoughts and opinions regarding what a home should be (or do), and while it would be safe to say that establishing a home’s identity doesn’t particularly rely on its utility, homes by themselves enjoy a certain degreeof status.
Presenting works that capture the very selves of 12 teams (13 local and international artists) of our time, <Unhidden / Unseeable> offers a glimpse into their respective lives. Furthermore, the exhibition aims to provide an opportunity for self-contemplation. In this day and age, shifting paradigms call for us to stay in constant variation, and by examining different forms of relations between homes and residents—whether it is determined by one’s memory, tied to significant incidents, or an unknown sensation coming from its unrevealed identity—viewers will be encouraged to take the opportunity and delve deep into themselves.
Being the only installation art festival in Korea, the exhibition space for this year’s programme is itself also an independent entity, and new and unique roles will be given accordingly. Following the intention of participating artists, the space is expected to change or immerse in—sometimes even intrude upon—surrounding environments.