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A Forum to 2021 Shared Dialogue Shared Space

June 5, 2021

2021 SDSS June- Forums

Presented virtually, the event video is also on KAF’s Facebook page.

New York, NY, May 8, 2021 — Korea Art Forum is pleased to present a forum inviting the artists featured in Shared Dialogue, Shared​ Space (SDSS), to discuss their community-focused art activities for social changes. The artists who will join the forum are Hannes Bend, Scott Braun, Chemin Hsiao, Ayana Evans, Zaid Islam, Yeon Jin Kim, Hayoon Lee, Jong Il Ma, Angela Miskis, Dario Mohr, and Lisette Morel. The forum will be held via zoom at on Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Shared Dialogue, Shared​ Space (SDSS), a series of outdoor art events in public parks across New York City, is organized to broaden channels of communication between the contemporary art world and immigrant communities in New York City. The first part of the project took place in Margaret I. Carman Green – Weeping Beech Park in Flushing, Queens, on April 18, 2021, featuring Scott Braun, Chemin Hsiao, Zaid Islam, Yeon Jin Kim, Angela Miskis, and Dario Mohr. The second SDSS is coming up in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday, June 26 from 12 to 4 pm (with a rain date on June 27). It will feature Hannes Bend, Scott Braun, Monnero Guervil, Ayana Evans & Listette Morel, and Hayoon Jay Lee & Jongil Ma.

The forum will offer an opportunity to detect a range of thermoclines in the same body of water called contemporary art. During the forum, the artists will share their experience of engaging with the public through their creative work. Their talks will address the conventional exclusionary idea of art as a special or specialized practice in our institutionalized society of highly advanced administration. The artists will also discuss the value of cross conversations and broaching conversations in different contexts, through which their creative work can bring about social changes within and beyond their own communities or neighborhoods. The forum will foster audience discourse, exploring a wide range of subject matters addressed by the artists and the multidimensional role of art in the processes of cultural production and social change.

Shared Dialogue, Shared​ Space (SDSS) brings together a variety of art events to public parks to create collective dialogue and ownership over our shared spaces through art. Fostering dialogues between artists and the public, and between Asian and other ethnic Americans, the project contributes to bridging social networks within and between communities at this critical time of rising violence, xenophobia against Asian Americans, and BLM movements. The project also advances equal access to art and cultural rights, a neglected category of human rights, while channeling people’s emotional lives to become more positive and resilient individuals during the recovery process from COVID-19. After the event, a quadrilingual catalogue in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean will be made available in print and online at in order to further connect immigrant communities that are often culturally isolated from one another.

Founded in New York 2013, Korea Art Forum​ (KAF) is led by artists, scholars, and​ peacemakers committed to bridging the world through art. KAF aims to stem root causes of inequality and exclusivity present in the contemporary art field, while building an aesthetic framework that enables the creation of a peaceful world of coexistence, cooperation, and shared prosperity. Operating at the intersection of the visual arts and humanities, KAF’s interrelated annual projects—Commissions, Exhibitions, Forums, and Publications—envision to bring together all people from the art world and beyond in a shared dialogue on building an interconnected and peaceful world, supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

The project Shared Dialogue, Shared Space is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Its publication is made possible by the New York State Council on the​ Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is made by the generosity of thankful individual donors in 2020, who are:

Scott Braun
Karlos Carcamo
Sung Ho Choi
Ryan Chong
Haeran Gu
Rok Gu
Heng-Gil Han
Young Sun Han

Christopher K. Ho
Lily Honglei
Doug Hostetter
Soojung Hyun
Zaid Islam
Sook Jin Jo

Scott Kapuscinski

Cheonae Kim

Hobong Kim
Hyun Jung Kim
Kum Tae Kim
Yoo Hong Kim
Bon Koo
Deirdre Lawrence
Jong Sun Lee

Haeran Lee
Hayoon-Jay Lee
Luchia Meihua Lee
Sang Bok Lee
Uek Bae Lee
Zaun Lee
Tae Kyu Lim

Yong Soon Min

Jaye Moon

John L. Moore
Lisette Morel
Eung Ho Park
Joon Park
Myong Sook Park

Yooah Park
Young Hae Park
Sungsook Setton
Tae Eun Shin
Priscilla Stadler
Joo Yeon Woo
Anonymous Donors

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