Forum exhibits Korean wrapping cloths

By Lee Woo-young
  • Published : Aug 24, 2014 - 20:04
  • Updated : Aug 24, 2014 - 20:04
“Bojagi.” (The Museum of Korean Embroidery)

Traditional Korean wrapping cloths, or “bojagi,” and modern interpretations of them are being showcased on Jejudo Island until Aug. 28.

Artists from more than 10 countries, including Korea, the U.S., Australia, Canada, France and Japan, present their interpretations of bojagi and what the craft means to them in the context of today’s culture. The exhibitions as part of the Korea Bojagi Forum are being held at five galleries, in the Jeoji Artist Village in Jeju. Participating galleries include Gyudang Gallery, Gallery Nori and Papa Site.
Fabric is dried after being naturally dyed with persimmons. (Korea Bojagi Forum)

Exhibitions consist of a display of Korean traditional bojagi and modern patchwork by American and European artists. A student exhibition presents works of art by students from Rhode Island School of Design, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, National University of the Arts Bucharest, Romania, Phnompenh International Institute of the Arts and Jeju National University.

Along with the exhibition, an international forum will gather museum directors, curators and artists from around the world who will present lectures throughout the exhibition period. Lecturers include Jukka Savolainen, director of the Museum of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland; Huh Dong-wha, director of the Museum of Korean Embroidery; Ursula Neuman, curator of the Museum of Art and Design in New York; and Annamari Orban of the National University of the Arts Bucharest, Romania.

For more information, visit www.koreabojagiforum.com.

By Lee Woo-young (wylee@heraldcorp.com)