Exploring Korea’s Cultural Legacy from Past to Present


Date: Tuesday 16th June 2009, 6.15 pm for 6.30 pm
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 The Strand, London WC2N 5EJ 

Hang-Jin Chang and Matthew Jackson will present a series of short films on some of Korea artistic and cultural treasures, and Francesca Cho will introduce a series of modern paintings inspired by King Sejong’s alphabet Hangul, which continues to influence her work to this day.
The films will cover The Sarira Casket, Koryo Buddhist Paintings, Sokkuram, Hanbok, Hangul,
and Korea Today. These were recently shown to more than 2,000 people in Brussels at the Smile of Buddha exhibition, which was one of the largest offerings of Korean art to date with over 60,000 visitors.
The artist’s curator, Francesca Di Fraia, will also give a short talk about the ‘Cycle of Flying Dragons’. As above mentioned, the latter is a series of Francesca Cho’s modern paintings inspired by King Sejong’s alphabet, made in the late 90’s as part of her Bachelor of Arts degree, which will also be on show at the Exhibition Hall Fulham Library from 16th to 19th of July. Francesca Cho is an artist who has worked in the UK for over fifteen years, and whose works are on display throughout Europe.
Matthew Jackson and Hang-Jin Chang are members of the Korean Spirit and Cultural Promotion Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Korea’s history and culture. They currently work in consultancy and the law, both having graduated from Oxford University in 2004, and have worked as volunteer members of KSCPP since 2006.

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