Participating Artist(s): Chen Wenling, Leslie De Chavez, Alison Guidry, Huang Min, Osman Khan, Stone Kim, Bongjeong Koo, Nikki S. Lee, Joongkeun Lee, Daewoong Nam, Motohiko Odani, Sherman Ong, Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, Young-Dae Park, Yooah Park, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Robert Rhee, Tomoko Sawada, Izumi Taro, Michiko Tsuda, Yang Xinguang, Yang Fudong, Zhang Dali
Date: Apr 16, 2011 - May 11, 2011
Opening: Apr 16, 2011, 15:00, Saturday
Venue(s): Sungsan, South Korea
Curator(s): Baik Gyun Kim, Chul Ha Ryu, Xia Yanguo
SAGER (Southeast Asian Art Group Exchange Residency) is a regional residency programme organized by House of MATAHATI (Malaysia), TENGGARA Artland (Indonesia) and Project Space Pilipinas (Philippines).
SAGER takes in artists with at least five years of experience and the Southeast Asian group exchange enables Malaysian, Indonesian, and Filipino artists to foster and strengthen regional ties, as well as to network and establish a better understanding of their neighbours.
The residency entails 30-days each in Kuala Lumpur, Jogjakarta and Manila. During this time, artists-in-residences not only produce artworks for exhibitions in each city, but also partake in studio visits, gallery and art institution visits, as well as introductions to significant art collectors and art communities.
Aside from these physical dialogues, SAGER also fosters a visual dialogue, as artists from these three countries are encouraged to engage in cross-cultural meditations and to broach new visual languages in their works.
We Was There is a continuation of Reflections, an international exchange residency and exhibit between young Korean and Filipino artists in South Korea last May 2010. The initiative brought together four artists from Korea and four from the Philippines, who—after spending time together in both countries and exploring each country’s cultures—attempted to reinterpret their views on society based on the similarities and differences of their cultures through contemporary art.
The exhibit showcases individual and collaborative works by Filipino artists Michael Alvin Adrao, Carlo Gabuco, Leslie de Chavez, and Christopher Zamora, and by Korean artists Che Jinsuk, Kwon Jayeon, Lee Soyoung, and Koh Byungsung. On display are paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, and photographs previously exhibited in Reflections, as well as created after the exchange residency.