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Seven South Korean artists from Jeju Island exhibit their work in Chennai

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Seven artists from Jeju Island in South Korea inform tales of resilience by diversified mediums on this Chennai exhibit

Seven artists from Jeju Island in South Korea inform tales of resilience by diversified mediums on this Chennai exhibit

In Jeju, South Korea’s largest volcanic island, each picturesque and populous, a bunch of girls (some aged even upto 80 years) dives into the ocean to collect shellfish like sea urchins and abalones. Referred to as the Jeju haenyeo, these ladies divers harvest for upto seven hours a day with out the assistance of an oxygen masks, making chicken call-like sounds as they floor. They signify the silent resilience of Jeju, an island that’s geographically unstable. Again right here in Chennai, at InKo Centre’s bodily house, The Gallery, amorphous shapes harking back to the human type that’s maybe mid-dive, are melded right into a wood, hollowed-out canvas by artist Anh Jin-hee: a hanging, summary tribute to those very ladies who embody the intangible cultural heritage of the island. Equally, Oh Seung-eik’s reasonable landscapes that boast outlined brushstrokes, and minute detailing take us to Mount Hallasan, a defend volcano which can be the very best level in South Korea. Thus, aspects of Jeju island, which might be testomony to a way of group and perseverance make up the show that has works of seven artists who stay and work in Jeju, in diversified mediums. 

The concept was to open the gallery with a show that presses on the significance of hope, whereas additionally being informative, says Rathi Jafer. Whereas pure marvels type nearly all of the show, canvases that seize a less complicated time additionally make appearances. “We needed to indicate the distinctive feelings of Jeju, together with its historical past, tradition and pure setting,” says Anh Jin-hee, including, “India and Jeju are related in that they’ve quite a few gods. We want to take this chance to make one other acquainted and shut relationship.” 

Whereas portraying the weather that make Jeju what it’s, Jin-hee says that the try was to open a window into the lives of the individuals of the island as nicely.  Take Ko Eun’s Settle for, as an illustration: the child-like innocence of the work comes by in its playful colours and acquainted characters. Her rendition of an oreum (a defunct volcanic cone that’s often seen round a mount, there are 368 of them in Jeju) is starkly totally different from Park Sung-jin’s take which reveals a snow-laden path dotted by volcanic rock formations. 

“The oreum, stone partitions, wind, storms, sea, solar, and even the altering local weather have change into supplies and topics right here. And among the many individuals who embrace the ocean, wind, stones, solar, and typhoons surrounding the island, are these artists,” provides Jin-hee.  Lee Su-mok’s collection titled Embrace the Gentle, is a deviation from the remainder of the frames, in that it makes an attempt to indicate the Jeju of right now. Executed apparently on Korean rice paper, the laminated frames have an ephemeral high quality to them. In a single, a bridge is the protagonist, set in opposition to a grainy purple backdrop. 

Anh Jin-hee’s artwork

Anh Jin-hee’s art work
| Photograph Credit score: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Nature in Jeju can inform plenty of totally different tales. “Within the painful tales about Jeju, Mt. Halla turns into a robust help that provides peace,” says Jin-hee. The mountain can be a religious image for the individuals of Jeju, says Jin-hee. “Hallasan can be various in its expressions, which change all through the seasons and reveals totally different appearances whenever you go across the island of Jeju.” 

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Into the Gentle is on show until August 28 at The Gallery, InKo Centre, Adyar, and at Prism, their on-line gallery

Ko Eun’s Accept

Ko Eun’s Settle for
| Photograph Credit score: particular association

By- The Hindu

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