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Art Exhibition in Insadong, Seoul (June 10 - 15)
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2015-06-02 16:47:53
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Beyond the Panopticon
An art exhibition depicting the lives of North Korean refugees

June 10-15, 2015
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100-5, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Insadong)

Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) invites you to Beyond the Panopticon, a multi-media art exhibition depicting the     lives of North Korean refugees


Beyond the Panopticon explores the hardships North Korean refugees face, evoking the fear and apprehension that stem from North         Korea’s pervasive surveillance and state control. For North Korean refugees, the journey from North to South Korea becomes a                   panopticon—a type of prison in which captives are constantly visible, yet do not know when they are being observed. As if in a panopticon, North Korea continues to exert power over even those who have escaped, instilling a fear of being visible, of being discovered.


Beyond the Panopticon features original work by North Korean artist Chunhyok Kang; three North Korean art students at Hongik University, Chungguk Ahn, Su Min Ahn, Jin Song Ko; and a collaborative piece between the three North Korean students and South Korean art          students from Dankook University. Photographs of North Korean refugees by photojournalist Soon-ho Choi also will be on display.  


Various events also will be held during the week of the exhibition (June 10 to 15), including an artist-led gallery tour, discussions with North Korean resettlers, and a live drawing by Chunhyok Kang. A schedule of events is below. All events are free of charge.


  • June 10, 5:00 p.m. (Wed):   Opening reception
  • June 11, 4:00 p.m. (Thurs):  Discussion with North Korean writer Hyuk Kim
  • June 12, 4:00 p.m. (Fri):   Gallery tour and discussion with the North Korean artists
  • June 13, 4:00 p.m. (Sat):  Live drawing and concert with North Korean artist and hip hop musician Chunhyok Kang
  • June 14, 3:00 p.m. (Sun):  Discussion with North Korean resettler Sungju Lee

As the spring season of rebirth comes to a close, we hope you will join us in giving hope to the many North Korean refugees making their   way to South Korea, so that they too may embark on a journey of new beginnings. 

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