ART New Wight Biennial – We, Activeast

Curators: Jae Hwan LimMFA Candidate and Hailey LomanMFA Candidate

September 27-October 11, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 27, 5-8PM

The UCLA Department of Art 2018 New Wight Biennial We, Activeast highlights how the social and political situations in East Asian countries—China (People's Republic of China), Mongolia, Hong Kong, Taiwan (Republic of China), Korea, and Japan—have changed the way the artists experience their country and the world.

It presents a forum for open discussion about body and gender politics, history and society, and technology and environment. As a proactive gesture to make changes in the society, the modern and contemporary East Asian countries have organized individual and collective activisms. Various movements succeeded through questioning current social status, often reforming governmental policies and even overthrowing national leaders to maintain and develop their civil and human rights. During and after the movements, art and culture reflected the society, while expressing the public's agenda and being left as an ephemera of the history.

We, Activeast creates a firm foundation to expose less revealed or unknown political and social issues of East Asia. Through works inspired by particular moment and region, the exhibition challenges the audience to consider how current political issues in East Asia can also be significant and applicable in their society.

The 2018 New Wight Biennial is co-curated by UCLA Master of Fine Arts candidates Jae Hwan Lim and Hailey Loman. Participating artists are selected from graduate programs worldwide.


Opening Event

Negative Definition (2018), live performance by Jinseok Choi (CalArts MFA)
Thursday, September 27, 6:30pm
Broad Art Center Suite 1250

Negative Definition is a lecture performance that traces cultural influences that South Korea has been subjected. Behind a podium, Choi uses slides of Powerpoint to illustrate how Japan, the U.S., World War II, and the Korean War have all shaped South Korea. He investigates three distinct influences: Japanese cartoons, Hip Hop, and modern and contemporary art. Choi traces the trajectories of their cultural importation to reveal how geopolitical dynamics have overset Korean culture within one century.

Photos of all featured artworks will be available for viewing on the UCLA Department of Art Facebook.

Exhibition Website | Facebook Event | Koreandaily Article

Installation view. Photo c
ourtesy of the UCLA Department of Art Phototography Area.
Installation view. Photo courtesy of the UCLA Department of Art Phototography Area.
Installation view. Photo courtesy of the UCLA Department of Art Phototography Area.
Installation view. Photo courtesy of the UCLA Department of Art Phototography Area.

New Wight Gallery

1100 Broad Art Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-4:30PM

Admission is free.

Parking in Lot 3: $3/hour, Max $12/day 

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The exhibition and programs are made possible through general support of UCLA Department of Art and Dallas Price-Van Breda. Additional support is provided by the UCLA Asia Pacific Center, the Center for Korean Studies, and the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies