Korea Invites Artists from Southeast Asia for Global Art Solidarity

Date Oct 06, 2021

Korean Culture and Information Service (Director PARK Jung-Youl, KOCIS) under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Minister HWANG Hee, MCST) hosts the Contemporary Art Forum “2021 Korea Research Fellow 10X10” from October 6th (Wed) to 15th (Fri).


The 2021 Korea Research Fellow pays attention to the diverse worldviews presented by curators and artists from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Korea under the theme of “ME Culture / WE Society”. The interviews and media works will be released from October 6th via the official website. KOCIS has been creating a forum for exchanges with domestic figures by inviting major figures in the field of contemporary art overseas, strengthening the cooperative network and providing a forum for discussion. This year’s event is especially meaningful in that the exhibition invites artists and curators from five Asian countries, which will serve as a platform to increase and enhance the exchanges and cooperation with Southeast Asian nations.


Various curators and artists at home and abroad participate in this year’s exhibition, including Michelle Ho, who participated in the Singapore Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2020, and Farah Wardani, Director of the Jakarta Biennale in 2021, Joselina Cruz, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Phuong Linh Nguyen (Vietnamese curator), and Manuporn from Thailand. In addition, a total of 10 media artists will introduce their works, including Quynh Dong and Do Van Hoang from Vietnam, Lavender Chang and Kray Chen from Singapore. In Korea, young and inspiring artists, including independent curators Taehyun Kwon, JyeongYeon Kim, and Sungsil Ryu, who won the Hermes Foundation Misulang (Art Award) take part in the event.


Lee Dae-hyung, Art Director of the 2021 Korea Research Fellow 10X10 said “Currently, the world is witnessing signs of a new Cold War, Asian hate crimes caused by pandemic and these are emerging as new social problems. To overcome the current challenges from environmental issues to pandemic, we all need strong collaboration across borders. To find the fundamental questions and solutions, 28 artists at home and abroad put our heads together.”


Director Park from KOCIS added “We hope this forum provides an opportunity to Asian artists to communicate by exchanging their ideas and cooperating with each other.” He also added that KOCIS will continuously put more efforts to further expand the cultural exchanges where key figures from the art circle around the world can gather together through this project.


  For more information on this exhibition, please visit the following website and official SNS accounts.


* Web page www.krf10x10.com,

* Youtube www.youtube.com/c/KOREARESEARCHFELLOW10x10

* Instagram https://www.instagram.com/krf10x10/ (@krf10x10)