Session Abstract: Due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the worldwide epidemic we are experiencing has changed the way we live our lives. This phenomenon makes us living today face a grim reality, sometimes frustrated and desperate.Our panel seeks to show how the medium of art conveys a hopeful message to us rather than despair and frustration in the age of severe global epidemics. Our panel also conveys that the genre of art can communicate more with society and people, reflects the politics and society of the day, and at the same time, make us feel our daily life more precious with various possibilities and warmth. We will explore the questions of how these visual images in Korea represent and reflect traumatic periods and intend to convey the message of peace and hope in the pandemic era. Lee discusses how Korean modern Buddhist monk painter reinterpreted the well-established motif at a time when the need to deliver the deceased and solace the living was desperately felt during the Japanese colonial era; Kal examines the possibility of visual images engaging in ethical witnessing which involves questions about what was done to victims and why it happened, leading to critical inquiries into the social structure of injustice; Chang argues South Korean photographers ironically anchor the inseparable half in concrete reality and open up different discourse understanding it; Kim proposes new possibilities of creating empathy and visualizing traumatic memory and interaction between the images and the viewer through contemporary multimedia and embroidery works.
Paper Presenter: Seunghye Lee – Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
Paper Presenter: Boyoung Chang – The University of Chicago
Paper Presenter: Hong Kal – York University
Paper Presenter: Mina Kim – The University of Alabama