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Artist Hong Seong-dam Voluntarily Removes Artwork from the Exhibition

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Artist Hong Seong-dam Voluntarily Removes Artwork from the Exhibition

 

Artist Hong Seong-dam, who produced the controversial painting, ‘Sewol Owol’ that features political satire of President Park Geun-hye and caused controversy over the censorship of the city of Gwangju and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, has decided to remove his work from the Gwangju Biennale Special Exhibition.

The city of Gwangju that sponsors the special exhibition previously asked the artist to change a satirical painting as it was considered offensive and had a possibility to stir up political controversy, further damaging the ongoing special exhibition.

In response, other artists partaking in the special exhibition removed their works from the exhibition and the executive curator, Yoon Beom-mo, resigned from his post, condemning the municipal censorship of the artworks submitted to the Gwangju Biennale.

At a press conference held last Friday, Hong said his works were banned in the past due to the military dictatorship and now his art is banned by the power of local government.

The artist also requested that the curator of the exhibition return and that a different piece of art be put in the vacant spot caused by his banned piece.

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