General Information

About International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale

The International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale (IWAB), supervised by Incheon Women Artists' Biennale Organizing Committee (IWABOC), aims to advocate and promote all women artists' creative endeavors without prejudice, and aims to act as bridge between the international art community and the local artists. IWAB was established out of the belief that femininity could be a catalyst for communication between different genders which would bring about a more accelerated parity in an equally-beneficial society.

The birth of the IWABOC is indebted to the active movement and awareness of the Incheon Women Artists Association (IWAA). Over the course of the 20th century, there have been a number of attempts by woman artists at Incheon to promote and present the studio practices of female artists. Respecting their achievements in raising the individual, the societal and the national consciousness, the IWAA created an annual exhibition for its members in the 1980s which led to the foundation of Incheon Women Artists' Biennial in 2004. The 2004 IWAB success in representing works by women artists in Incheon brought the idea to create an international biennale. After the Pre-IWAB of 2006, the IWABOC held its first and truly international exhibition in 2007 and hopes to continue its bi-annual tradition of introducing international women artists, emerging or known, to the art world.
From the beginning, IWAB was organized in three formats of exhibitions; the "Main Exhibition" solely for female artists, the "Tuning" exhibition for male and female artists, and "Participation" an open exhibition to female artists. The "Main Exhibition" takes a theme selected by the commissioner to examine relevant issues in the contemporary art world; the "Tuning" exhibition aims to bring equal numbers of male and female artists to produce rich artistic dialogue; and the "Participation" exhibition that is open to emerging and established female artists who want to present their recent works in support of the IWAB. About the 2009 International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale

Overview & Organization

This Biennale's Main Exhibition entitled So Close Yet So Far Away explores women artists' perception of space in the global age. Its raison d'etre lies in recognizing and celebrating the artistic contributions of women artists who as a sector have been neglected and under-represented throughout history. In the highlight exhibition Tuning this year entitled The 21st Century, A Feminine Century, and the Century of Diversity and Hope the Biennale will acknowledge the importance of inclusion as it embraces the works of 'femininist' male artists and their seminal roles as well. Participation will bring together Korean women artists who support the role of this biennale.

_ Period : 2009. 8. 1 ~ 8. 31
_ Venue : Incheon Art Platform, Incheon Korean-Chinese Cultural Center, Incheon Educational and Cultural Center for Students, Incheon Weather Station, Incheon City Historical Data Office, Chemulpo Club, Freedom Park, Gallery Jayu
_ Organizers : Incheon Women Artists' Biennale Organizing Committee
_ Opening Ceremony: August 1, 2009
_ Closing Ceremony: August 31, 2009
_ Preview: July 30 ~ 31, 2009


- Head of Biennale : Ahn Sang-Su (Mayor of Incheon City))
- Managing Chairman : Kwon Kyung Ae (Head of the Organizing Committee)
- Vice Chairman : Hong Eun Kyong (Vice President)
- Directors : Hwang Ui-Shik, Kim Yong-Keun, Lee Myong-Mi, Kim So-Rim,
Park Hee-Ja, Oh Young-Ae, Lee Hui-Sung, Lee Hyung-Ju, Choi Eun-Mi
- Auditors : Seo Kyong-Ae, Kim So-In
- Board of Counselors : Kim Heung Sou, Lee Kyung Sung, Youn Young Ja, Jeon Loe Jin, Kwon Ok Yeon, Min Kyoung Kap, Lee Shin Ja, Kim Ok Soon
- Advisory Board : Oh Kwang Soo, Kim In Hwan, Choi Won Bok, Kim Jae Youl, Ha Chul Kyung, Kim Chun Ok, Kwak Yeon, Song Soo Ryun, Sim Hyeon Sam, Roh Jae Soon, Kim Jung Hee, Seok Jong Soo, Kim Kil Nam, Jung Mun Gyu, Joo Soo Il, Beak Hyun Ok, Kim Kyung Inn, Lee Gyu Sun, Oh Suk Hwan, Lee Sam Young, Hwang Byung Sik, Lee Chol Myung, Kim In Sung, Chang Chi-Won, Lee Boo Woong, Koo Bon Chul, Hwang Woo-Yea, Cho Jin Hyeong, Hong Il Pyo, Kim So Nam, Park Sang Eun, Kim Young Sun, Lee Hye Hoon, Song Young Sun, Nam Moo Kyo, Ahn Duk Su, Park Seung Suk, Lee Ik Jin, Park Yoon Bae, Kim Sung Sook, Lee Myung Sook, Hong Mi Young, Shin Yong-Suk, Yoo Jung Ho, Park Young Bok, Hwang Bo Eum

Main Exhibition Platform:

The 2009 International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale main exhibition entitled So Close Yet So Far Away explores women artists' understanding and perception of space; where they reside, struggle, and strive to realize their dreams. It embraces their psychological, personal, and individual spaces as well as the socio-political and cultural realms that affect and influence their existence as artists and women.

The global stage imposes upon them quantum leap transformations, often those escaping even their personal radar, one that is vital to their survival. Women artists as individuals are faced with competitive physical, social, and cyber-space situations. The 2009 Women Artists' Biennale at Incheon welcomes international contemporary artists who embrace these issues to exhibit under three subsections entitled "Personal Territory," "Fluid Interior," and "Contested Space."

"Personal Territory" consists of two parts. The first one will comprise a display of artworks that document their daily concerns; the works will show traces of their professional, personal, and social existence. After the exhibition, all this collected ephemera and artist materials will be preserved in the 'women artists archive.' The second part of this section explores the meaning of the autobiographical aspect; that of personal space, whether it is bedroom, office space or car.

"Fluid Interior" represents the diverse, complex and often shocking inner world of female artists: the unfixable flow of their imagination, the fluidity of their thoughts, and their complicated anxieties. The phenomenological facets that this fluid interior world manifests, ranges from surreal to the abstract imagery that fascinates as it captivates the viewer's interest. Extraordinary as it seemed in Freud's lifetime, the problematics of the multi-leveled and quickly changing psyche remains a powerful source of inspiration for contemporary artists.

The social space is one in which myriad contested events and crises take place. This is an arena in which power games; the push and pull of relationships and compromise are felt more than anywhere else. "Contested Space" is comprised of works by contemporary women artists who deal with conflict and its influence upon their existence whether it concerns a next-door neighbor or is on a global scale.

The venue of the biennale has immensely affected the selection of artists and poetics of the exhibition. The Incheon Art Platform is a challenging space for visual art as it was designed to host various cultural events from educational programs to film screenings as well as exhibitions. Yet, the wide spectrum of contemporary art from wall drawings to interactive installations helped to create an exhibition unhindered by the spaces within the architecturally self-sufficient buildings.

_ Main Exhibition Title : So Close Yet So Far Away
_ Venue: Incheon Art Platform, Korean-Chinese Cultural Center Gallery
_ Commissioner : Eunhee Yang, Ph.D
_ Curators: Thalia Vrachopoulos, Ph.D ( Art History Professor/Critic/Curator, John Jay College, City University of New York, Exhibitions Director, Tenri Cultural Institute,
New York)
Sutthirat Supaparinya (Curator/Artist, Chiangmai, Thailand)
_ Artists : 101 artists (52 international, 49 national artists)
Hamra Abbas, Samira Abbassy, Jane Ingram Allen, Claudia Aranovich, Hetty Baiz, Isabel Baraona, Lucile Bertrand, Bea Camacho, Jenny Chen, Judy Chicago, Sharon Chin, Tiffany Chung, Angiola Churchill, Natalya Dyu, Jan Fairbairn-Edwards, Golnaz Fathi, Parastou Forouhar, Matsui Fuyuko, Joan Giordano, Archana Hande, Marietta Hoferer, Aihua Hsia, Mella Jaarsma, Jane Jin Kaisen, Tina Karageorgi, Marie Christine Katz, Angeliki Korkou, Mami Kosemura, Patricia Leighton, Despina Meimaroglou, Le Hien Minh, Mandana Moghaddam, Rakuko Naito, Penelope Thompson, Sudsiri Pui-Ock, Sonya Rademeyer, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Faith Ringgold, Susanne Ruoff, Annette Rusin, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Pinaree Sanpitak, Oeur Sokuntevy, Susan Stockwell, Melati Suryodarmo, Imhathai Suwatthanasilp, Sali Taylor, Mary Ting, Daniela Todorova, Hong-Kai Wang, Marcia Widenor, An Se-Eun, Bae Hyung Kyung, Ban Kyung Ran, Chae Song Wha, Cho Hyun Jae, Choi Je-Hun, Chu Mi Rim, Chung Jina, Shin Hyun-jung, Hong Insook, Hong Jiyoon, Hong Jinsuk, Hong Ju Hee, Hwang In Ran, Im Suniy, Jo Won Joung, Kang Eunsu, Kim Deulnai, Kim Eunmi, Kim Hwayong, Kim Hyeon Ah, Kim Juyon, Kim Jung Hee, Kim Min Kyoung & Chang Yunju, Kim Pill Rae, Kim Soo Ja, Kim Sookkyung, Kim Soon-im, Kim Youngmi, Kim Yu Na, Ko Kyoung-Wook, Kwon Namhee, Lee Eun-Sook, Lee Hye Ryun, Lee Jongmee, Lee Ju Eun, Lim Sunhee, Min Jung-Soo, Oh Gwiwon, Park Hye-Soo, Park Yuna, Project Group YUP(Lee Yu Kyoung & Lee Eun Gu), Shin Dong Won, Won Seoungwon, Yeo Sanghee, Yoon Ji Seon

Highlight Exhibition: Tuning

The 21st -Century Exhibition, presented for the Tuning exhibition of the 2009 International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale, envisions the 21st century as feminine, diverse, and free of any political, racial or sexual oppression. It aims to provide the citizens of, and visitors to Incheon, with a comprehensive platform and an opportunity to research, learn about, and discuss various subjects related to the question of society seen from a feminine perspective and a perspective based on the diversity of human subjectivity. A collection of works, catalogs, and text, as well as a series of films, performances, and discussions, will constitute a hybrid exhibition that is multidimensional, multifaceted and multidisciplinary.

The 21st-Century Exhibition renders and attempts to provide the basis for- the future art public and the society of the 21st-century rather than representing the current reality. Consequently, the exhibition, with its objectives to engineer a future society, culture and new subjectivity, will be more of a process-oriented activity than a display of finished products.

_ Title : The 21st Century, The Feminine Century, and the Century of Diversity and Hope
_ Venues : Incheon Art Platform, and the various historical places such as the first public park of Western style in Korea called Jayu Park(Freedom Park), the social club of foreign diplomats, the meteorological observatory.
_ Chair of Operating Committee : Heng-Gil Han (Curator of Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, New York)
_ Artists : Ahn Si-Hyung, On Megumi Akiyoshi, Bae Jin-Ho, Beck Ki-Eun, Ellen Brooks, Che Jinsuk, Chieh-Jen Chen, Choi Byung Kuk, Choi Eun Mi, Bettina Cohnen, DISBAND (Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, Dianne Torr, and Martha Wilson), Jason Eisner and Jason Balicki, Åsa Elzén and Sonia Hedstrand, Marit Følstad, Ilse Frech, Coco Fusco, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Kay Hassan, Sara van der Heide, Christopher K. Ho, Sin-Ying Ho, Takashi Horisaki and Andrea Janine Horisaki-Christens, Donna Huanca, Akiko Ichikawa, Kang Hyuk, Kim Bo-Sub, Kim Eun-Hyung, Kim Sang-Il, Kim Se-Won, Kim Yun-Ah, Delphine Kreuter, Lee Chang-Jin, Lee Hye-Rim, Lee Hyun Joo, Lee Mi Ja, Ming Wei Lee, Lee Sang Ha, Lee Youn-Sook, Reiner Leist, Julie Lequin, Jia-Jen Lin, Ma Jong-Il, Tricia McLaughlin, Katrina Moorhead, Carlos Motta, Oh Sang-Il, Olu Oguibe, Park Kwan-Wook, Lia Perjovschi, Cesare Pietroiusti, Taras Polataikos, Nick & Sheila Pye, Rashid Rana, Julika Rudelius, Jose Ruiz, Carolee Schneemann, Oksana Shatalova, Shin Eon Il, Shin Hyungsub, Xaviera Simmons, Lorna Simpson, 6+ Art Collective(Mary Rachel Fanning, Sama Alshaibi, Wendy Babcox, Rozalinda Borcila, Yana Payusova, Sherry Wiggins), Nata_a Sku_ek, Roth Stauffenberg(Christopher Roth and Franz Stauffenberg), Chad Stayrook, Superflex (Bjonstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger, and Rasmus Nielsen), Alina Szapocznikow, Carrie Mae Weems, Maya Han Weimer, Yue kyoeng Sub

Highlight Exhibition: Participation

This exhibition aspires to an open format and thus consists of solo booth exhibitions by women artists who actively work in the fine arts of Korea and advocate the goals of IWAB.

_ Title : Alone Together
_ Venue: Incheon Educational and Cultural Center for Students
_ Chair of Operating Committee: Oh Jung-Sook (Artist)
_ Artists: Kang Kyung soon, Kang Hee Soon, Kwack Jung Myung, Kwon Kyung Ae, Kwon Sook Ja, Kim Kyung Bok, Kim Kyung Sang, Kim Mi Jung, Kim Sun Ja, Kim Sun Jung, Kim Sun Hee, Kim Ok Soon, Kim Eui Sook, Kim Jung Mi, Kim Ji Na, Kim Joo Ryung, Kim Jin Kyoung, Kim Hyun, Kim Hyun Ja, Kim Hye Won, Kim Hee Gyun, Kim Hee Jae, Kim Hee Jung, Nam Soon Ok, Noh Hee Sook, Ryu Geum Sook, Myung Kwang Soo, Park Kyung Mi, Park Gyeong Sook, Park Mi Hee, Park Sun young, Park Soon, Park Young Jo, Park You Mi, Park Hyun Joo, Park Hye Sook, Park Hae Won, Park Hong Pil, Park Hee Ja, Seo Jeong Sook, Shon Eun Ji, Sohn Moon Ja , Song Duk Sung, Song Soo Ryun,
Shin Jeong Ja, Shin Hey Sook, An Mi Shil, Ahn Yea Whan, Ahn Jung Ja, Yeo Ju Gyeong, Yeon Chae Sook, Oh Sun Young, Oh Soo Jin, Oh Seung A, Oh Jung Sook, Won Bok Ja, Yu Seong I, Yun Hyung sun, Lee Kot Tam, Lee Myung Hee, Lee Mi Kyung, Lee Min Ha, Lee Bo Suk, Lee Seung Sook, Lee Seung Hee, Lee Shin Hye, Lee Young Hee, Lee Wan Suk, Lee Yun Jung, Lee Joung Ja, Lee Choon Ok, Lee Haeng soon, Lee Hye Ryun, Lee Hee Sung, Chang In Sook, Jang Jung Youn, Jang Hyang Suk, Jung Moon Kyung, Jung Bo Youn, Jung Yun Ja, Jung Young Suk, Jung Jung Sook, Cho Hye Sook, Cha Myung Hee, Cheon Hye Young, Choi Mal Ae, Choi Jin Nyeo, Choi Choo Ja, Han Hyun Joo, Hong Ki Ja, Hong Sung Won, Hong Eun Kyong

Biographies of Commissioner and Curators

Eunhee Yang, Commissioner for Main Exhibition
Eunhee Yang has curated exhibitions in Korea and the United States since 1996 for such respected institutions as the Dumbo Arts Center, Gallery Korea, and the Gwangju Arts Council. Educated in such diverse disciplines as English literature, aesthetics, art history and museum studies, she holds a doctoral degree in the history of art from the City University of New York Graduate School of the City of New York. Her extensive activities include: writing, among others, for Public Art, and Arts Asia Pacific; teaching such contemporary art issues as relational aesthetics and globalism involving Korea; and translating European and American art books into Korean. She has recently been appointed Commissioner for the 2009 International Women Artists Biennale at Incheon.

Thalia Vrachopoulos, Curator for Main Exhibition
Thalia Vrachopoulos holds a doctorate in the Philosophy of Art History from the City University of New York Graduate School. She has curated over one hundred national and international exhibitions accompanied by scholarly catalogues. Dr. Vrachopoulos is a full time professor of the visual arts at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. She has written scholarly essays and reviews for NYArts Magazine, Visual Culture AD, Part, +-0 , Public Art, Art in Culture, Art in Asia and Sculpture and has been included on many international panels. Dr. Vrachopoulos recently co-authored a book on Hilla Rebay the founder of the Guggenheim Museum that was released in December 2005 by the Edwin Mellen Research Press. Dr. Vrachopoulos has been the Director of Exhibitions of Tenri Cultural Institute in New York for the past nine years. She is also on the board of Artists Talk on Art a critical platform meeting at the School of Visual Arts on a weekly basis. Dr. Vrachopoulos' contributions have been recorded and have become a permanent part of the Yale library collection of Accomplished Women in the Arts.

Sutthirat Supaparinya, Curator for Main Exhibition
Sutthirat Supaparinya is a curator, and visual artist active in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is also a guest lecturer at Thai and Southeast Asia Studies Program, Payap University, and Media and Communication Technology, Graduate School at Chiang Mai Rajabhat Unibersity, Chiang Mai, Thailand. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University and in Media Arts, with a degree in painting, and attended the Hochschule fuer Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany. She started her administrative and curatorial work by assisting a renowned Thai curator, Grithiya Gaweewong, at Chiang Mai University Art Centre in 2002-2003. She co-organizes international and local art events in Chiang Mai and built up her network through international Seminars, workshop and exhibitions especially in Southeast Asia.

Heng-Gil Han, Curator and Chair of Operating Committee of Tuning Exhibition
Heng-Gil Han earned his BFA from Hong-Ik University, Seoul in Korea and his MFA from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2000. Since 2001, he has been serving as Visual Arts Director and Curator at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, in New York. He conceived and developed the ambitious, large-scale perennial project of site-specific art, "Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows," which took place on and off Jamaica Avenue, Queens, in 2004 and 2007. He was a curator for the 2008 Busan Sculpture Project at the 2008 Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea. He is currently working on his publication "Art & Society in Institutions: Writings to the 21st-Century Art" that will be published by the Stone & Water, Anyang, South Korea, at the end of this year. He is the Curator and the Chair of the Operating Committee of the "Tuning Exhibition" for the 2009 International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale.

Additional Information
Biennale Sites
Preview Events
Symposium & Lectures
Programs for Visitors

Biennale Sites

The Incheon Art Platform: The Warehouse Complex at Incheon comprises a number of renovated historic buildings that are part of Korea's open port history after later nineteenth century. The Incheon Art Platform is situated at 1-ga Haean-dong Jung-gu, which previously comprised 13 old buildings originally built during the open port period. Among them, 7 buildings were restored as was the Daeheung Corporation built in 1886 (Cultural Property No. 248), the Korea Express Co., Ltd. warehouse (built in 1948), the Samwoo Printing Company (built in 1942), and the Daejin Sangsa Company buildings (built in 1948), which were restored to their original condition.

This historic complex preserves modern Korean local history before 1945, especially the 19th-Century open port period at Incheon. After the biennale, the complex will be used as galleries, gyms, open studios, workshops, art shops, information center, and multi-purpose space, as well as creative studios for national and international artists.

The 2009 International Women Artists` Biennale at Incheon will expand its venues to metropolitan cultural centers such as the Incheon Korean-Chinese Cultural Center, Incheon Educational and Cultural Center for Students, and Gallery Jayu as well as promote its modern heritage at such venues as Incheon Weather Station, Incheon City Historical Data Office, Chemulpo Club, and Freedom Park.

Preview Events

From July 30 through July 31, 2009, the 2009 International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale offers a series of exciting programs and events for the international visitors and out-of-towners. The program includes the hilarious, yet seriously critical satire performance by the legendry DISBAND; the visceral and thought-provoking performance "Birth Rite" by Takashi Horisaki and Andrea Janine Horisaki-Christens among many other performances. It also includes a series of panel discussions and talks; for example, Carlos Motta will organize a panel addressing the societal suppression of LGBT communities, one of the critical issues in Korea. In addition, the program highlights the importance of building a network between Korean and international professionals in today's globalized world by organizing a dinner with artists, directors and curators of art organizations and museums.

Symposium & Lectures

International Symposium and Forum

_ Title : Women Artists in the 'Post-Feminism' Era
_ Organizer : Eunhee Yang, Commissioner
_ Venue : Auditorium, Incheon Art Platform
_ When : August 2, 2009, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
_ Participants : Thalia Vrachopoulos, Robert C. Morgan, Lilly Wei, Lee Jeongsook, Shin Ji Young, Joan Giordano, Hetty Baiz, Despina Meimaroglou, Melati Suryodarmo, Le Hien Minh, Mella Jaarsma, Parastou Forouhar, Pinaree Sanpitak, and more.
Moderators : Anru Lee, Sutthirat Supaparinya, Seonryong Cho

The symposium aims at examining diverse creative activities by women artists in the so-called 'Post-Feminism' age. To be held during the first week of the Biennale, the symposium will invite national and international scholars, critics, curators and artists to discuss the specific challenges relating to contemporary women artists.

Invited scholars will speak about issues related to women and art such as how modern Korea perceived women artists in the first half of the twentieth century, and how contemporary feminist art embraces women's issues. Speakers include: Lee Eun-Ju and Kwon Haeng-Ga.

Artists will present performances from August 1 throughout the exhibition period. Artists include Pinaree Sanpitak, Hong-Kai Wang, Melati Suryodarmo, Kim Eunmi, and Chae Song Wha. Artists such as Pinaree Sanpitak, Kim Eunmi and Chae Song Wha will perform interactive performances while Hong-Kai Wang and Melati Suryodarmo will perform for the audience on the opening day of August 1. Detailed schedule will be provided upon request.

Programs for Visitors

Artists Talks : Audience will meet and hear the stories on where and how the artists were inspired and how they created their works. Detailed schedule will be provided upon request.
Educational Programs : Diverse programs for various age groups will be given during the weekends. Reservation is required.
Exhibition Tour : Tour programs will be led by docents who underwent training programs by the IWABOC.
Main Exhibition Commissioner will lead special tour programs. Reservation is required.

Service Information
Press Center

Press Center
IWAB press center will be open daily from July 27 to August 31, 2009. Journalists can use the center quipped with internet service and fax from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm after registration.
Interviews with artists and curators can be arranged upon request. Many of artists will be available from July 1.

Beginning from July 1, 2009, the press center will issue press passes to journalists who wishes to visit the exhibition sites. Registration form will be downloaded from our website from May 21, 2009. Or simply provide us your press credentials or a confirmation letter from your editors. Please contact our Communications staff for further information.

Interviews with artists and curators can be arranged upon request. Many of artists will come to Incheon to install their works. Some will create site-specific works from June. The press center will offer a schedule that indicates the availability of each artist.

Exhibition catalogues and brochures will be published in late July. These publications will be available at the biennale shop on the exhibition site.

Sponsors and Supporters

Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism
Ministry of Gender Equality
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Incheon Metropolitan Council
Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education
Korea Railroad
Incheon Rapid Transit Corporation
OBS Gyeongin TV
The Japan Foundation
AHL Foundation, Inc.
Taiwanese National Culture and Arts Foundation
Taipei Cultural Center
Paradise Hotel Incheon, Korea

Thank You
Main Exhibition Curator Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos.
2009 Incheon Women Artsits' Biennale