Exhibition environment improved, and docent program implemented for disable and non-disabled persons to join in the viewing
festival that overcomes limitations and attains true harmony, the
"Paralympic Fire Art Festa 2018" will begin on March 9th at Gyeongpo
Beach, Gangneung. Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and
organized by the Arts Council Korea, and the Gangwon Art & Culture
Foundation, this event includes the meaning behind the Paralympics that seeks
to create a society free from prejudice and will be launched as a unique
festival for lowering the barriers between disabled persons and non-disabled
persons, enabling them to all get along.
Held against the scenic backdrop of Gyeongpo
Beach, the "Paralympic Fire Art Festa 2018" exhibition hall is filled
with works that are made from eco-friendly materials. Artists from 34 countries
including Korea, the United States, China, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia,
Australia, and Taiwan took part in creating works that represent the concept of
harmony. This season, an existing 22 installation art works by the artist Im
JiBin were added bringing the total to 23 works that can be viewed. The
sculpture that measures 6 meters, titled "you are not alone" depicts
a black and white bear embracing conveys a message of equality and harmony when
connected with disabled persons, in line with the spirit of the Paralympics.
Work is also underway to ensure that everyone
has easy access to the viewing of the works. A deck installed inside the
exhibition hall connects to 2 other decks that are being installed to create a
new passageway. Also, in front of the
deck, an additional information board about the works was installed. This was
done so that viewers requiring wheelchair access, or those that have a physical
disability can more easily access the works.
The passageway also doubles as a photo zone and is a great spot for
taking amazing photos of the works. Taking photos during the highly charged
"Paralympic Fire Art Festa 2018" will be a good way to later cherish
the memory. There is a customized docent program intended for both disabled and
non-disabled visitors. Everything from the process for creating the work, to
the hidden message left by the artist to the diverse stories tied in with the
work make the viewing all the more interesting. It is available for anyone that
would like to experience a real exchange. The docent operates two times each
day, 11 am and 3pm.
There are art works that express infinite possibility
and a culture of advanced viewing enabling an equality in viewing. Come and
experience nature and works of art that make you feel something at the
"Paralympic Fire Art Festa 2018," open March 9th through March 18th.