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Here are the five main spots that will be used during the Jeju Biennale
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What is the Jeju Biennale?

The first ever Jeju Biennale will be held this year with the theme of ‘tourism’. It will discuss how tourism influences the residents, history, and natural environment of Jeju as well as what has become stagnant or has disappeared due to the tourism industry.

Artwork will cover the worries and troubles related to conflicts and changes between Jeju’s native residents and Jeju’s new immigrants.

Also, by showing a city that is rapidly changing due to the tourism industry, it will show that this is not only a Jeju issue but also a global issue. By connecting touristification to contemporary art, it shows that it belongs to one generation.

Instead of holding a discussion within the world of art, it aims to be an art festival that tells the truth of Jeju by taking an in-depth look at local issues.

▲ Design By Jung Young Suk, The Jeju Weekly

This biennale will be held at five different places. These include:

  • Jeju Museum of Art (Route one)

  • Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art (Route two)

  • Altteureu Airfield (Route three)

  • Jeju City Wondosim (Route four)

  • Seogwipo Wondosim (Route five)

60 national and international artists will join the Biennale which will be held from Sept. 2 to Dec. 3, 2017.



Jeju Biennale 2017 Overview

Theme: Tourism
Date: Sept. 2 (Sat) - Dec. 3 (Sun)
Place: Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeju-si Wondosim, Seogwipo-si Wondosim, and throughout Altteureu Airfield.
Participating artists: About 60 artists (or art groups)
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m ~ 6 p.m (Summer season, from July to September: 9 a.m~ 8 p.m) *Closed every Monday
Host: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
Organizer: Jeju Museum of Art
Contact: 070-4548-4286~7
Adult: (over 25 years old~ under 64 years old) Individual 8000 won, group (over 10 people) 7000 won
Adolescents (over 13 years old ~ under 24 years old) and soldiers individual 5000 won, group (over 10 people) 4000 won
Child (over 7 years old ~ under 12 years old) individual 3000 won group 2000 won


Route one - Jeju Museum of Art

▲ Photo courtesy The Jeju Weekly

With a theme of ‘The light and dark aspects of tourism,’ the exhibition at Jeju Museum of Art questions why we travel. This course is for exploring the light and dark aspects of tourism together with the essence of tourism as a global issue beyond Jeju. It will do this through diverse viewpoints from artists.

Location: Jeju-do Jeju-si 1100-ro 2894-78 (제주특별자치도제주시 1100로 2894-78)


Route two - Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art

▲ Photo courtesy The Jeju Weekly

Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art covers dark tourism. This is a form of tourism that can shed new light on dark history such as past disasters. It will also cover ecotourism, a form of tourism that minimizes environmental damages.

This exhibition is to remind us of things that have vanished due to the ups and downs of modern and contemporary history and the selfishness of human beings. It talks about nuclear accidents, genocide, loss of memories because of development, as well as inflow into communities and villages.

As well as this, it offers visitors the opportunity to take a look at Jeju’s space through vanished villages and the surrounding natural environment.

Location: Jeju-do Jeju-si Hangyeong-myeon Jeoj, 14-gil 35 (제주특별자치도 제주시 한경면 저지 14길 35)


Route three - Altteureu Airfield

▲ Photo courtesy The Jeju Weekly

Altteureu Airfield, which is in Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, was built by Japan as an outpost for the invasion of China. The airfield is a place with a painful history for people on Jeju as it was built using the forced labor of Jeju residents during the Japanese colonial era. The fighter plane hangars that are scattered throughout the airfield will be used as an exhibition hall. The meaning of this place is to look back at the tragic history of the people who were sacrificed for forced labor under the Japanese colonial era.

Location : Jeju-do Seogwipo-si Daejung-eup Sangmo-ri 411 (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 대정읍 상모리 411)


Route four Seogwipo City Wondoshim · Lee Jung-seop Road

▲ Photo courtesy The Jeju Weekly

In the Wondosim (old town) of Seogwipo, an exhibition will take place to shed new light on artist Lee Jung-seop’s life. Neighbored with the Seogwipo Olle Traditional Market, Lee Jung-seop road is named due to it being the place where Lee’s family came and sheltered. On weekends, traffic is restricted, making it a great place to take a walk.

Location: Jejupdo Seogwipo-si Lee Jungseop-ro 29 (Seogwi-dong)


Route five: Jeju-si Wondosim Artspace IAa (貳衙)

▲ Photo courtesy The Jeju Weekly

Throughout this Biennale, ‘IAa’ has plans to reveal artwork that covers the regeneration of the historical city and tourism.

In the past, the ‘IAa’ building was the administrative office that assisted Jeju governor during the Chosun dynasty. Later it became used as a medical center as Jeju Provincial Hospital, Jeju Medical Center, and Jeju National University Hospital. It is now being used as an exhibition hall and performance space.

Location: Jeju-do Jeju-si Jungang-ro 14gil 21

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