I would like to invite all of you, dear citizens of Seoul to 2017 Seoul Photo Festival.
Like all the citizens of other countries in the world, the people of the Republic of Korea form relationship with other countries from within a country, which is a political, economic, historical and cultural community, and the lives of the people have been directly influenced by the values and roles of the times the country pursues. In particular, as the Republic of Korea experienced countless numbers of national events and sociopolitical changes from before the establishment of the state to date, the majority of the people are posing questions to the Republic of Korea regarding the role, responsibility and vision it should have as a state. They have come to contemplate on the lives of citizens and a community in which different values are at conflict, and how a desirable state that cares for its citizens should look like.
The theme of 2017 Seoul Photo Festival is social conflict of the Republic of Korea in the 21st century in the
historical context and the ensuing structural problems, a country viewed through the ordeals of the lives of
individuals who have the rights and obligations as members of the state and at the same time should be
protected by the state, and the process of dissolution and reinvention of the sense of community which is
becoming diversified and decentralized in line with social changes. In order to reflect on the inevitability of
coexistence of values individuals and communities which constitute a state have as well as exploration of the
meaning of state that is changing in our society with the aforementioned theme, the festival will be held at Buk
Seoul Museum of Art, SeMA Storage, Platform Changdong 61, Art Nine Cinema and HaechiMadang in
Gwanghwamun Square under the title
Last but not least, I would like to thank everyone for being with us in the organization of this year's Seoul Photo Festival and ask dear citizens for your interest and support.
Art Director of Seoul Photo Festival Lee Ilwoo
Dear participants of 2017 Seoul Photo Festival, welcome.
Under the theme of 'Community for Self-Reflection; State, Individuals and Us', 2017 Seoul Photo Festival aspires to view the values and meaning of individuals and community which constitute a state and the meaning of state which has been changing in the Republic of Korea. In the Main Exhibition and Special Exhibition, works about historical events and social changes that took place in the Korean society from the beginning of the establishment process of the Republic of Korea to date, works about wounds of the times and fissures in the society and communities hidden by the state system as well as works which express the meaning of individual lives and a citizens' community in various angles are displayed. These exhibitions introduce the zeitgeist of the artists who are living today, and will serve as a great opportunity to communicate it with the citizens.
Furthermore, multifarious citizens' programs such as a symposium in which experts and citizens can reflect on and discuss the meaning of state and state community, citizens' forum, photograph workshop, and public project 'Changdong, the Incubator of Photography' which transforms Platform Changdong 61 into a new cultural space using photography as a medium, 'Red Line' Film Festival which enables the public to watch various art films related to the theme of the festival are prepared in 2017 Seoul Art Festival.
I ask for your interest and participation in 2017 Seoul Photo Festival, and would like to express my deep gratitude to Art Director Lee Ilwoo and relevant officials for their hard work in realizing Seoul Photo Festival for Seoul citizens and everyone here with us today.
Director Choi Hyo-joon of Seoul Museum of Art