Sungyeon Park graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London, UK with a MA in Fine Art in 2007 and a MFA at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea in 2001. Park’s subjects come from small voices within ordinary lives and are concerned with social issues related to visual language and individual experience. Park has received several grants including an Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2006. She had a solo show in 2009 titled still lives; small voices by Arts Council Korea and GyeongGi Cultural Foundation. Park participated in the Art Omi International Artist Residency in New York.
Residents from South Korea
After working as the curator of the independent gallery space Projekt 0047 in Berlin, Germany in 2005‐06, Elisabeth Byre independently curated several exhibitions and events at museums, kunsthalles, independent spaces and biennials in Norway, Sweden and Turkey. During the last three years, her curatorial practice focused on performance art, often in relation with media- based art such as film, video and photography. Recent projects and exhibitions include Everyone Got Something Great (co-curator Susanne Ø. Sæther) at the National Theater, Oslo, Norway; Lessons in the Art of Falling Photographs of Norwegian Performance and Process Art 1966-2009 (co‐ curator Jonas Ekeberg), at Preus National Museum of Photography, Norway; Storyteller– Organizing Time and Space, 0047 Oslo, Norway; Ghost in the Machine (co-curator with Susanne Ø. Sæther) at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway; and Animotion, Galleri F15, Moss, Norway. With Curatorlab (Konstfack, Stockholm). She was invited by Raqs Media Collective to participate in Manifesta 7 to create a response to Raqs’ exhibition The Rest of Now.
Byre holds a curatorial degree from CuratorLab (a postgraduate residency program organized by Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden), and an MA in Film Science from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Byre is currently the director of the BFA program at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, Norway and works as a curatorial consultant for KORO/ Public Art Norway.
Residents from Norway
Aihua Hsia’s work challenges the notions of boundaries and containment within the human psyche. She explores the collective unconscious by revealing the presence of a shared human essence. Through the employment of the ancient Buddhist sculpture technique, “Datsukanshitu,” Hsia incorporates her Chinese roots, the natural world, and the traditional past into her work. Hsia’s work has been nationally and internationally exhibited at Gifu Municipal Culture Center, Japan; Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan; and 2 x 13 Gallery, New York. Aihua Hsia was born in Taipei Taiwan in 1973, and received a BFA in Sculpture at National Taiwan University of Arts and an MFA in Sculpture at Okinawa Prefecture University of Arts.