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
Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva is a curator and art critic from Sofia, Bulgaria. Her research focus and curatorial practice are centered on the relations between the aesthetics of form and current social and political issues within the new generation of Bulgarian artists. Recently, she carried out a series of projects that dealt with the cultural features of the local context, among them The Temptation of Chalga (2009), curated in collaboration with Vessela Nozharova, and The Bold and The Beautiful (2010). In 2009, she was invited as a guest curator at the 15th Week of Contemporary Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with Alter Ego, a project discussing the artists role in the global processes of political and supranational growing.
Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva (1977, Bulgaria) holds a Master Degree in Art History from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia. In 2010, she enrolled in a PhD program at the Institute for Art Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2003, she has been the curator of the Cibank Gallery, where she has organized more than 80 exhibitions. Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva is a committed art critic and writes a column for Kultura, Bulgaria’s foremost culture and art weekly. She is also an independent consultant on contemporary art to several Bulgarian weekly and monthly pubications. In 2008, she co-founded the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation (A.A.D.F.), the sole association of young curators in Sofia.
Residents from Bulgaria
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.