Busan, Korea – On Friday, March 9, 2018, From 6pm to 8pm, Diploma Program Visual Art students at Busan International Foreign School (BIFS) will showcase their culminating exhibition at Haeundae Cultural Center, in Haeundae New Town. Entitled “Ism” (as in Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism) the exhibition consists of fifty works by five graduating twelfth grade students ranging from painting and printmaking to sculptures, installations, film and virtual reality. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served.  It is not to be missed.


Animalism, Thuy-Van Pham’s entry engages with animal consciousness and animal rights in acrylic paint, collage, photography and sculpture: from terrifying chimpanzee experiments to an imprisoned circus elephant to a pet dog in a cute sweater being skewered over a barbecue, her work is a searing indictment of the human capacity to ignore animal suffering.


Childhoodism  is Jenny Bray’s hallucinatory meditation on growing up in Korea with her grandmother, using sculpture, watercolors, oil, photography and and a life-sized, walk-in digital environment.  From her wandering with a pet goldfish, to bathhouse visits, to a mysterious visit with a golden chicken in a dark forest, to a marine park display of a gigantic mermaid, Jenny’s work is sensitive, delicate and dreamy.


Mentalillnessism is Nika Pakravan’s  reflection on chronic depression, in plaster and wire, poured acrylic, toilet paper rolls, photography and film. At times somber, at times joyful, the work is a restrained, sophisticated and elegant look at a condition that afflicts 350 million people worldwide.


Haruhism is Haruhi Yamagishi’s reflection on her name, her personality and how it connects  to her family, culture and her nation. Her elegant and refined installations include a full-sized door wrapped in chains, a  handmade book created from Japanese newspapers, a blown-glass bell, paintings and photography.


Perceptionism, Alexandria Han’s entry, is a celebration of twenty-first century millennial femininity. Using a meditation chamber of hanging origami birds as a curatorial environment for her sculpture, paintings and photographs, Alexandria’s work is confrontational, brash, unrestrained, and colorful.


The International Baccalaureate Visual Arts course is a rigorous 18-month program that includes in-depth exploration of process, significant comparative art historical study and a thorough exploration of media, technique and concept, grounded in the student’s personal experience. The course prepares students for entry into university level and professional art programs, as well as courses in medicine, science, engineering, business, law and other fields where arts-based non-linear thinking is prized as the path to innovation and leadership.


The BIFS connects teaching in the classroom with action in the community, and is integral to the IB’s vision of teaching creative global citizenship. Busan International Foreign School is Busan’s leading international school, and the only Busan school offering the International Baccalaureate diploma, valued for its status as a gateway to the American Ivy League universities and other prestigious educational institutions around the world.  BIFS is an IB Continuum School offering K-12 IB education.