PEACE AGAIN Exhibition
Prof. Pilar Viviente
On September 1st, the 7th Geoje International Art Festival ‘PEACE, AGAIN’ opened.
According to the online newspaper Focus Geoje, “The 7th Geoje International Art Festival is co-hosted by the Korea Artists Association (Chairman Geum Bo-seong) and Yeosu Art Museum (director Seo Bong-hee) and from September 1, Geoje Haegeumgang Theme Museum/Yugyeong Art Museum (Director Kyeong Myeong-ja. Yoo Chun-eop) and Yeosu. It is held in various areas such as art museums.
Chairman Geum Bo-seong, who co-hosted and supervised, leads the development of local culture, such as resolving cultural illiteracy and expanding the cultural base, as well as providing opportunities for local residents to appreciate the works of artists not only in Korea but also around the world. This is the purpose of the event, he said.
The 7th Geoje International Art Festival ‘PEACE, AGAIN’, in which 278 artists from 62 countries participated, has the meaning of finding peace in the world and in everyday life again. They used various genres such as painting, photography, sculpture, and video on the subject of ‘peace’ and melted their own meaning and color into their works.
Bo-seong Geum, president of the Korea Artists Association, who was in charge of hosting, planned a nationwide tour to revitalize local culture and to share cultural values with local people and to increase their values. He said that it contains a message to the people of nature, peace, coexistence and co-prosperity.
The 7th Geoje International Art Festival will be held from September 1st to October 25th at the Haegeumgang Theme Museum.
Director Yoo Cheon-eop of the Haegeumgang Theme Museum said, “We will provide opportunities for healing and enjoying culture and art to Geoje citizens who are exhausted from the prolonged Corona 19.”
The theme of the exhibition, ‘Peace, Again’, has the meaning of the world we all want, and following the previous year’s 6th Geoje International Art Festival exhibition theme ‘ATOMIC PEACE’, peace discuss in more detail about.
The 7th Geoje International Art Festival is the largest pure art festival ever held in a province except the metropolitan area, and 283 artists from 63 countries around the world created works expressing their thoughts of peace in the form of various visual arts.
In particular, to those who contributed to the successful hosting of the 7th Geoje International Art Festival and providing opportunities for citizens to enjoy art through active and dedicated activities, the International Museum Association Asia Pacific Association (ICOM), the Korea Museum Association, ) The Korea Private Museum Association and Gyeongsangnam-do Museum Council award a merit award.
The International Museum Association (ICOM) Asia Pacific Association, Chairman Bae Bae-dong, presents a plaque of merit to the four people who contributed to the successful hosting of the 7th Geoje International Art Festival.
Geumboseong Art Center Director Geumboseong is serving as the president of the Korea Artists Association and hosted the 2021 Corea Art Fair held at COEX in Seoul on August 5th. The Korea Art Fair is an exhibition in which the works of 110 domestic and foreign artists are displayed in one space, and each booth provides a place to communicate directly with the artists.
Seo Bong-hee, director of the Yeosu Art Museum, serves as the chairperson of the Yeosu International Art Festival, and is actively working with the goal of discovering talented artists and suggesting the future direction of Yeosu art through exchanges with artists from all over the world.”
Korea Museum Association (Chairman, Yeol-soo Yoon) Achievement plaque winners, Korea Private Museum Association (President Park, Am-Jong) Award winners and Gyeongsangnam-do Museum Council (Chairman Chul-soo Kim) Achievement plaque winners are available at the Link of the newspaper Focus Geoje: http://www.focusgj.com/news/articleView.html
After the exhibition at the Haegeumgang Theme Museum, the 7th Geoje International Art Festival, planned as a national tour, is scheduled to be held at the Geumboseong Art Center in Seoul and the Living Culture Center in Jeongeup City, and finally the exhibition ends at the Yeosu Art Museum.
The 7th Geoje International Art Festival National Tour Schedule
– Geoje Haegeumgang Theme Museum: September 1 – October 25, 2021.
– Yeosu Art Museum: September 1 – September 10, 2021.
– Seoul Geumboseong Art Center: September 13th – September 28th, 2021.
– Jeongeup City Living Culture Center: November 1st to November 25th, 2021.
– Yeosu Art Museum: December 1st – December 14th, 2021.
– Yeosu Museum of Art: December 15 – December 26, 2021.
View of exhibition. Haegeumgang Theme Museum, Geoje, South Korea. PEACE AGAIN Exhibition. 7th Geoje International Art Festival 2021.
The 7th Geoje International Art Festival is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Gyeongsangnam-do, Geoje City, International Museum Association, Korea Museums Association, Korea Private Museums Association, Gyeongsangnam-do Museums Association, and Korea Artists Association.
A catalog has been published on the occasion of the exhibition PEACE AGAIN 2021.
Finally, the 7th Geoje International Art Festival in 2021 this year was the largest ever, with a total of 283 artists from 63 countries participating and 15 juries. Each of the artists expressed their thoughts about peace in a variety of visual art forms, including installations, paintings, sculptures, and videos. The artists featured in the PEACE AGAIN 2021 catalogue have their own page in English and Korean. The pages of the published catalogue were posted on Facebook by Haegeumgang Theme Museum. By instance, https://www.facebook.com/hggmuseum/posts/325225919400967
Yulianus Yap’s page and Pilar Viviente’s page in the PEACE AGAIN 2021 catalogue.
Pilar Viviente. Mosaic of Rodetes. 106 x 106 cm. Painting and Infographic on Paper. (280g micro-pearl watercolor paper). 2021. 해금강테마박물관 Collection / Haegeumgang Theme Museum Collection. PEACE AGAIN Exhibition. 7th Geoje International Art Festival 2021.
I am proud of being part of this exhibition with my work ‘Mosaic of Rodetes’, 2021, and its cross-cultural significance. It is inspired by the so-called ‘rodetes’ of the Iberian sculpture ‘La Dama de Elche’ (The Lady of Elche) as a symbol of Peace among cultures. I have focused on the ornament on each side of The Lady of Elche head, to which I attribute by virtue of the design of its structure an intercultural meaning connecting different continents and civilizations, some of them disappeared, and thus becoming a symbol of Peace between cultures in the XXI Century.
The work of the artists exhibited have been presented by the Geoje Haegeumgang Theme Museum on Facebook. You can enjoy a wide variety of works on the museum’s Facebook page. The selected artists (according to the rules of the public call) had to deliver their work to the museum as a donation to the Contemporary Art Collection, and the Museum presentation includes the accreditation of participation and donation. Let me give you the presentation of my work as an example (it includes also the artist’s statement),
The published artist statement in the Link above is just one of the three paragraphs I submitted, and that ended up being too long. Below is the full text.
ARTIST’S STATEMENT by Pilar Viviente for PEACE AGAIN 2021
My Rodete Project is a multidisciplinary project of painting, infographics, digital art, prints, sculpture, installation, video art, piano music and performance. It includes works in a variety of pictorial supports (paper, canvas, metal, methacrylate) as well as electronic (projections, video). The title comes from the “rodetes” that the Lady of Elche wears, a wheel-shaped ornament on each side of the head of the Iberian sculpture, an hispanic symbol, boxes or containers where the braided hair was collected in a spiral. The project concerns cosmic consciousness and archaeological themes, mythical and universal patterns beneath the surface, and its contribution is related to research in artistic languages, combinatory art, light and color. Especially artistic research on synesthesia.
“Rodete” brings contemporary art to archaeology, and brings archaeology and knowledge from the past to the present day. The past is remembered and identities are reconstructed in the present. On the one hand, the geometric design of the boxes or “rodetes” (rounds) of the Iberian bust refers to the sacred geometry of disappeared civilizations such as Plato’s Atlantis or Arkaim, the Russian Stonehenge. The close relationship between the symbols of the spiral and the wheel, and the design itself, led me to identify the Rodete with the “mandala”. On the other hand, we are faced with a modern reinvention of our ancestral cults to the Goddess of matriarchal societies. A Goddess made from, by and for women; an invention created in its time in our image and likeness. My Rodetes speak of the Divine Feminine which aspires to the bonding of the human and the divine in women, and to the balance between the feminine and the masculine at all levels. In short, they express the need to recover in our culture both the archetype of the Goddess and the respect and love for Mother Earth.
The above is related to peace and sustainable goals. Women’s empowerment provides solutions for violence against women and gender equality. Respect and love for Mother Earth is the main environmental goal. “Rodete” also symbolizes peace in its own design associated with mandalas. We can all be inspired by Buddha’s teachings and help the human family by taking action for others with compassion, solidarity and respect, and by renewing our commitment to build a peaceful world. “Rodete” is a multicultural symbol and shows us how we can not only build bridges between cultures, but how we can actually live together on those bridges, with greater understanding and appreciation of our origins, where we are now, and where we may be going.
Let me end this article with the wise advice of the 14th Dalai Lama.
“My wish is that, one day, formal education will pay attention to the education of the heart, teaching love, compassion, justice, forgiveness, mindfulness, tolerance and peace. We must learn that humanity is one big family. We are all brothers and sisters: physically, mentally and emotionally. But we are still focusing far too much on our differences instead of our commonalities.
Intolerance leads to hatred and division. Our children should grow up with the idea that dialogue, not violence, is the best and most practical way to solve conflicts… But this can become reality only if we educate, not just the brain, but also the heart.”
~ The 14th Dalai Lama