We are delighted to connect with you virtually at the click of a button! We invite you to join us, whenever you are ready, from
wherever you are, on myriad creative journeys, where with valued partners in India and in Korea, we explore new pathways
and experiences, re-visit the magic of past performances and exciting exhibitions or present those newly imagined from
creation to reception and distribution on digital platforms. In this edition, through virtual presentations, we present evocative
journeys and sensory experiences that are moored in local culture but travel the world to resonate with audiences
We hope, with this e-digest, to stay meaningfully connected with you, to discover and engage with the unique, local
characteristics as well as the shared, global dimensions of the dynamic, ongoing intercultural dialogue between India
Best wishes for a healthy, creatively stimulating and wholly fulfilling 2022! Season’s Greetings. 계 절 인사말.
Changing, Connected moments
The 2021 Busan International Art Fair with UNICEF
Date: Thursday, 2 December 2021 | Time: 12.00 p.m. KST
The annual Busan International Art Fair aims to present the artwork of talented artists
from Korea and around the world. Since 2015, there has been a concerted effort to
present a cross-section of Indian artist on a regular basis. The 20th edition of the
Busan International Art Fair is set to open on 2 December 2021 at BEXCO, Busan.
The artwork of 14 artists drawn from across India will be showcased, both on-site
and via an online platform this year.
Offline Exhibition: 2 - 6 Dec ember 2021 at BEXCO, Busan, Korea.
Online Exhibition: 2 December 2021 - 2 March 2022.
The works of the following Indian artists will be presented both on-site and via the online platform of the
forthcoming edition of the Busan International Art Fair 2021.
We are delighted to support the presentation of two compelling projects at
'Maps of Disquiet', the forthcoming edition of the Chennai Photo Biennale.
Titled “Maps of Disquiet”, the third edition of the Chennai Photo Biennale will
reflect on the exigencies of our times: resisting majoritarian impositions,
ecological collapse, and technological dystopias by reclaiming pluralities of
thought, voices, and art, and building new networks of solidarity and care.
Curated by: Arko Datto (Kolkata, India), Bhooma Padmanabhan (Chennai, India),
Boaz Levin (Berlin, Germany) and Kerstin Meincke (Essen, Germany), the
biennale brings together artists and practices that explore the representation of
labour, urban imaginaries, the commons, economic and migratory flows,
archaeology and mining, and what anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, describing
growing hostility towards minorities across the world, refers to as a ‘fear of small
The third edition will kickstart with a set of digital journals which will be made available in the upcoming days
as a precursor to the showcases and programs. All artist exhibitions will have a presence online on
www.chennaiphotobiennale.com and the digital launch will take place on the eve of 8 December, 2021 and some works will
have physical presence in intimate forms in public spaces across the city of Chennai, India. There are many exciting formats
and programs planned that include both in-person and virtual guided tours with the curators, special virtual tours and
programs for college and school students, hybrid talks and discussions, workshops and activity corners for children and adults
alike to enjoy in this edition.
Sweeping the Forest Floor (2020) and Community of Parting (2019) by
Jane Jin Kaisen.
Community of Parting, 2019, Jane Jin Kaisen. Sweeping the Forest Floor, 2020, Jane Jin Kaisen.
Sweeping the Forest Floor (2020) and Community of Parting (2019), will be presented as part of the online exhibition
as well as in the Screening Room at Goethe Institut, Chennai. With Community of Parting, Kaisen represented Korea in the
58th Venice Biennale, at the exhibition History Has Failed Us, but No Matter curated by Hyunjin Kim. She was awarded
“Exhibition of the Year 2020” by AICA - International Association of Art Critics, Denmark for the exhibition Community of Parting
at Kunsthal Charlottenborg and awarded the Montana ENTERPRIZE at Kunsthallen Brandts in Denmark in 2011.
Jane Jin Kaisen (born 1980 in Jeju Island, lives in Copenhagen) is a visual artist and Professor at the School
of Media Arts, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Her practice combines mediums such as video installation,
performance, experimental film, photography and text, to speak about memory, migration, belonging and loss. Kaisen
adopts a strong feminist voice that is layered and intersubjective, to speak of both individual experience and
collective memory. Her works are informed by extensive interdisciplinary research and documentation.
Chicken Run by Parvathi Nayar & Nayantara Nayar.
"Mr H at his Chicken Farm, Chennai, 1956" (Photo credit, Parvathi Nayar). Chicken Run. (Photo credit, Parvathi Nayar).
Chicken Run is a photography installation by Parvathi Nayar and Nayantara Nayar, for the Chennai Photo
Biennale (CPB) drawn from the art and storytelling project Limits of Change commissioned by InKo Centre
In 2019, two interdisciplinary creators, artist Parvathi Nayar and playwright Nayantara Nayar, approached InKo Centre
with a project titled ‘Limits of Change’, which looked at a little-remembered but incredibly powerful moment
in Indo-Korean history. They have since been working with support from the InKo Centre to realise the scale and breadth
of this art+storytelling project about the Custodian Forces of India (CFI) who went as peacekeepers to Korea after the
Korean War in 1953.
The first major public iteration of this project, which is titled Chicken Run, looks at the life of a Korean Prisoner of
War who came to India with the CFI, and is being presented at the Chennai Photo Biennale.
Do sign up for the CPB newsletter for details of the launch and programmes starting Thursday, 9 December, 2021.
15 December 2021 1.20 p.m. to 3.20 p.m. IST: Screening at the Screening Room, Goethe Institut Chennai - A Story of War | Building Enclosures | Re-crossing Waters by Parvathi & Nayantara Nayar; Community of Parting by Jane Jin Kaisen.
(The films will be screened at the same time on a loop at the same venue on 18, 22, 25, 26 December 2021; 15, 16, 19, 22, 26, 29 January 2022 and 2 and 5 February 2022)
K-Sori, is an episodic series presented in association with Lotte Foundation, Noreum Machi and Nowpan
Korea, to showcase emergent young musicians from Korea who provide a contemporary twist to traditional instrumentation and
compositions. The series presents select winners of the annual Chulsapyo competition that began in 2015 in Korea to provide
scholarships to high school and college students to encourage them to study gugak (traditional Korean music) and
create qualitative compositions using traditional Korean instruments. The series celebrates the spirit of this initiative which
aims to nurture, preserve and promote traditional Korean music amongst young musicians and a contemporary audience,
both in Korea and around the world.
Episode 4 - Remidas & Hansako
Remidas comprises geomungo player Kim Minyeong and gayageum player Park Jihyeon, both of whom perform creative music with
open-mindedness. Since 2015, these two musicians have been exploring and developing the timbres and techniques expressed through
improvisation and creating music based on such experimentation. They create music based on traditional compositions and combine
this with improvisational music, or the present-day sinawi, i.e. a type of traditional Korean music performed improvisationally
by a musical ensemble to accompany the rites of Korean shamanism.
"Rise" is a piece about the stagnation that we face in our lives and our desire for growth through experience and effort.
"Rise" is Remidas' first composition, in which the solo performance and the duo’s
endless interaction using exotic scales stand out. This features the strumming of the
geomungo and the plucking of the gayageum, to indicate that constant effort and
experience will be the driving force of our life, signifying growth and prosperity.
Performers & Instruments
Kim Minyeong – Geomungo (거문고)
Park Jihyeon – Gayageum (가야금)
Hansako means to 'struggle with death'. The musicians aim to explore traditional
musical expressions that resonate and reflect the contemporary era.
Adverb displays the emotions and narratives of the characters of the pansori Jeokbyeokga. The music begins
with the modification in the stories of each character and of the war, as shown in Jeokbyeokga. The musicians aim to maximize
the expression by focusing on the modifications of the mood, sense and emotions that can be felt in a war-like situation, which
can be terse and yet, most instinctive.
Dance on Film is a specially curated series of contemporary dance projects developed by the Korean
National Contemporary Dance Company. The series, co-presented by InKo Centre and the Korea National Contemporary
Dance Company, will comprise a total of 5 films, varied in theme and technique, to present some of the most exciting choreographers and dancers in Korea
today. With the pandemic looming large, the films provide a window to the resilience of the artists in these unprecedented times, acknowledge the march
of technology and the blurring of the real and the virtual and examines deeper fundamental questions of co-existence between Man and Nature and of the
possibility of transformation and resurgence through art.
The screening of the performance, will be followed by Talking Dance: On Screen, a panel discussion with practitioners and industry experts from Korea
and India, curated by the Attakkalari Centre of Movement Arts, a leading organisation that holistically nurtures contemporary dance practice, based in
In Episode 5 of this series, we present Structure-Making Bolero based on the
visual grammar that combines two apparently disparate processes and elements
to show its atmosphere and metaphorical mise-en-scène.
Credits Directors Kim Seoljin, Iwa Music LIVETOTHE ; Jung Jong-im, Choi Hyewon Cast Kim Kisoo Kim Bongsu, Kim Seoljin, Seo Ilyoung, Shin Sangmi, Lee
Jungmin, Jung Juryeong, Jung Jong-im, Choi Hyewon Shooting Act Von Film Studio Wacko Editor Iwa Archive Choreography-view Yang Eunhye
By showing the bold attempt of deconstructing the conventional ‘Bolero’ through the premiere of Three Bolero in 2017 and in 2018,
Making Bolero has become a signature repertoire of the Korean National Contemporary Dance Company's repertoire, satisfying the popularity and artistry of contemporary
dance. The question posed is if “deconstruction and destruction of the Bolero - would be a way of creating a real Bolero?” The work features choreography
based on an approach to the structure of Bolero using the sounds of everyday life and music in which ordinary noises expand into the rhythms of Bolero. This
dance film will be a new adaptation of Making Bolero based on the visual grammar combining these two seemingly disparate elements, to show its
atmosphere and metaphorical mise-en-scène.
Cultural heritage provides both tangible and intangible representations of the values, beliefs, traditions and lifestyles of prior
generations, which through careful preservation, continue to have relevance in contemporary times.
The Cultural Heritage Series aims to focus episodically on introducing and celebrating singular aspects of Korea's cultural
traditions. In the sixth episode of this series, we focus on Iri Hyangje Julpungnyu which is a piece of instrumental music
handed down in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do, depicting the scene of Shakyamuni preaching the Lotus Sutra, at Vulture Peak, Gijjhakuta Hill.
Iri Hyangje Julpungnyu, which originated in Iksan in 1958, is played on eight instruments geomungo (six-stringed zither),
gayageum (twelve-stringed zither), yanggeum (dulcimer), piri (flute), daegeum (bamboo flute),
haegeum (two-stringed fiddle), danso (vertical notched flute) and janggu (hourglass-shaped drum). The composition
comprises 15 separate pieces of music.
Iri Hyangje Julpungnyu (String Ensemble of Iri)
Iri Hyangje Julpungnyu is a piece of instrumental music handed down in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do, depicting the
scene of Shakyamuni preaching the Lotus Sutra, at Vulture Peak, Gijjhakuta Hill. Iri Hyangje Julpungnyu, which originated
in Iksan in 1958, is played on eight instruments geomungo (six-stringed zither), gayageum (twelve-stringed zither), yanggeum
(dulcimer), piri (flute), daegeum (bamboo flute), haegeum (two-stringed fiddle), danso (vertical notched flute)
and janggu (hourglass-shaped drum). The composition comprises 15 separate pieces of music.
Iri Hyangje Julpungnyu was designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage asset in 1985.