Shared Dialogue, Shared Space, II

A One-Day Public Art Event
Inwood Hill Park
Seaman Avenue at Isham Street in Manhattan
Sunday, June 26, 2021, 12 to 4 pm.

New York, NY, May 15, 2021 — Korea Art Forum is proud to present the second part of 2021 Shared Dialogue, Shared​ Space,​ a one-day art event at Inwood Hill Park on Seaman Avenue at Isham Street in Manhattan from 12 to 4 pm on Saturday, June 26, 2021 (with a rain date on Sunday, June 27). The event will be provided with translation services between English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish to broaden channels of communication between the contemporary art world and immigrant communities in New York City. With an aim to expand public access to art, the project will foster audience discourse, exploring a wide range of subject matters addressed by the artists and the multidimensional role of art in the processes of cultural production and social change. The event has been adapted to meet the realities of New York City’s fight against COVID-19. Five artists or artist collectives will carry out their transdisciplinary projects for public participation, focusing on collective activities:

From 12 to 3 pm, Ayana Evans and Lisette Morel will perform Run to Your Friend Until You Can’t Anymore at the main entrance to the park. The artists will run to one another from opposite directions for three hours, powerfully representing physical endurance and love for friends, family, and others.

From 12 to 4 pm, Hannes Bend invites park visitors to “relaxing metaNoYa” – a soothing deep breathing experience. The meditative artistic experience will take place near the Tree of Peace lawn in the park and offers to calm down on the grass and connect with one’s breathing.

From 12 to 4 pm, Scott Braun brings his Decency Project to NYC, making wooden spoons and engaging participants in conversation on what it means to be human, using craft and labor as communal conduit near the Tree of Peace lawn in the park.

From 12 to 4 pm, Monnero Guervil will offer Domino Discussions, a Domino playing experience, inviting park visitors to everyday conversations while playing and watching the games at the main entrance to the park.

From 2 to 4 pm, Hayoon Jay Lee and Jongil Ma will present Walk with Art, leading a number of artists to walk through the park and explore current relevant issues facing the Korean immigrant community and the Inwood immigrant community.

The purpose of bringing together these art events is to create collective dialogue and ownership over our shared spaces through art. Fostering dialogues between artists and the public, and between Asian and other ethnic Americans, the project contributes to bridging social networks within and between communities at this critical time of rising violence, xenophobia against Asian Americans, and BLM movements. The project also advances equal access to art and cultural rights, a neglected category of human rights while channeling people’s emotional lives to become more positive resilient individuals during the recovery process from COVID-19. A quadrilingual catalogue in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean will be made available on print and online at kafny.org, following the event in order to further connect communities that are often culturally isolated from one another, an isolation which is exacerbated in these challenging coronavirus times.
Inwood Hill Park is wheelchair accessible.

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Founded in New York 2013, Korea Art Forum​ (KAF) is led by artists, scholars, and​ peacemakers committed to bridging the world through art. KAF aims to stem root causes of inequality and exclusivity present in the contemporary art field while building an aesthetic framework that enables the creation of a peaceful world of coexistence, cooperation, and shared prosperity. Operating at the intersection of the visual arts and humanities, KAF’s interrelated annual projects—Commissions, Exhibitions, Forums, and Publications—envision to bring together all people from the art world and beyond in a shared dialogue on building an interconnected and peaceful world, supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The project’s publication is made possible by the New York State Council on the​ Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is made by the generosity of thankful individual donors in 2020. Special thanks to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation for permitting the use of public lands and The Materials for The Arts for providing the artists with access to donated goods.

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