On Friday, March 10, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm, twelve students from Busan International Foreign School (BIFS) will exhibit “Prologue,”artwork from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Visual Arts Programme at the Haeundae Cultural Center. Prologue is a showcase for each student’s themed exhibition of 2D, 3D and 4D art, developed over the last eighteen months.  

Pernille Melilla’s digital anime portraits are meditations on human character. Anna Kamper engages with human movement across multiple media. Kristina Khimich focuses on the exploration of feelings through setting in murals, paintings, photographs and installations. Emma Ling specializes in disturbing images in plaster, silicone, paint and acrylic frosting.  Maiken Sandvit crochets blankets, scarves and other items from fine Nordic wool, maintaining a survival skill she learned from her grandmother. Daniel Hocking investigates emotional instability. Of special is interest is Hocking’s Birds of Freedom, a repurposed mattress festooned with delicate arcs of thousands of origami cranes, originally made and donated by students from around the world to the city of Hiroshima, Japan, in memory of Sadako Sasaki, a schoolgirl who died from radiation poisoning after the American atomic bombing of the city in 1945 at the end of World War Two. Japanese tradition says that anyone who folds 1000 cranes will be granted one wish. Sadako’s wish was a world without nuclear weapons. A mountain of one-million repurposed Hiroshima cranes was part of the Japanese exhibition at the Busan Biennale. A portion were donated to BIFS after the exhibit closed in November and were repurposed again by Hocking into this new creation, a metaphor for resurrection.

Prologue is open through Sunday, March 12. The Haeundae Cultural Center is a five-minute walk from Jangsan subway station on the Number 2 line, in Haeundae, Busan, South Korea. On Thursday March 2, at 1030pm, Korean Radio BE FM 90.5’s Midnight Rider show will air an interview with the artists.