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Phoenix Project: Continuing the Dialogue from 1992

April 22, 2022 – May 20, 2022 Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles

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The Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles (KCCLA), in partnership with Black Artists in Los Angeles (BAILA), and the Korean Artists Association of Southern California (KAASC), proudly presented the Special Exhibition “The Phoenix Project: Continuing the Dialogue from 1992” which took place from April 22nd to May 20th at the Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery, located at 5505 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. The performing artists Yeonwoon Seo & Choon Hee Park are partnering with H.E.Z.Y created a special performance for the exhibition’s opening reception.

Performing Artists

Yeonwoon Seo: Singer / Choon Hee Park: Drummer / H.E.Z.Y (aka Elias Ferguson): Rapper & Actor, pictured below, performed at the opening reception.

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The exhibition focused on continuing the dialogue between African American and Korean American artists related to the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles. Although they have experienced hardship and turbulence, through this collaborative exhibition, it is hoped that these two communities will continue to bridge the gaps that have divided them. Furthermore, this exhibition served as an opportunity to create cultural unity and deepen our understanding of each other, as artists and as people.

THE CURATORS: Left to right: Lili Bernard, Tammy Cho, Min Cho and Mark Steven Greenfield. Not pictured: Chungmee Lee

The exhibition presented the individual artworks of 15 Korean American and 15 African American artists which collectively commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Los Angles uprising “4.29” (called Saigu in Korean). Along with 30 individual artworks, a collaborative mosaic piece, comprised of works by 15 artists from both communities is on display at the KCCLA indefinitely.

A wide range of media was presented, including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and other various mixed-media installations. The “Collaboration mosaic” piece is designed to promote mutual understanding, dialogue, and communication between the artists and by extension, their respective communities.

This exhibition was organized by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles (KCCLA), Black Artists in Los Angeles (BAILA), and the Korean Artists Association of Southern California (KAASC), and curated by Mark Steven Greenfield, Chungmee Lee, Lili Bernard, Yun J Choi, Min Cho, and Tammy Cho.

Participating 60 Artists

Moses X. Ball / April Banks / Chelle Barbour / Sharon Barnes / Lili Bernard / Mark Broyard / Steven J. Brooks / Yrneh Gabon / Lavialle Campbell / Jane Chang / Jason Sahan Chang / Hyunsook Cho / Min Cho / Yun J. Choi / Kenturah Davis / Adrienne DeVine / Ingrid Elburg / Isaiah Ferguson / Mark Steven Greenfield / Okka Han / Zeal Harris / Han Na Hong (H.RED) / Marlon Ivory / David B. Jang / Miyoung Jeon / Eunsil Jeoung / In-ok Jeong / Buena Johnson / Sunhee Joo / Jessi Jumanji / Jongmoo Jun / Jinsil Kim / Somoon Kim / Sungil Kim /Yoonchung Park Kim / Yong Sik Kim / Chungmee Lee / Nakyung Lee / Robert Lee / Sam Sanghoon Lee / Talita Long / Michael Massenburg / Rosalind McGary / Rosalyn Myles / Dominique Moody / Kyoung Namkung / Ji Oh / Michelle Oh / Hairan Paik / Heysook Park / Swan Park / Duane Paul / Amber Perry / Alison Saar / Toni Scott / Esther Shim / Lisa Diane Wedgeworth / Wendell Wiggins / Stanley C. Wilson / Vincent Minsook Yang