Centre for Contemporary Art off to Korea

Maebh McStravick enjoying one of the exhibits at the exhibition in the Centre for Contemporary Art.  (2901JB21)
Maebh McStravick enjoying one of the exhibits at the exhibition in the Centre for Contemporary Art. (2901JB21)

One of the Directors of Derry’s Centre for Contemporary Art will travel to Korea tomorrow to publicise an exciting new film which links Ireland and Korea and promote Derry and its riches to a new audience.

Johan Lundh, Co-director of the CCA in Artillery Street, will depart Derry for the Far East, where the CCA are co-producing an exhibition in collaboration with the Artsonje Center in Seoul. The works include a film entitled ‘The Other North’ by Dublin-based filmmaker Jesse Jones.

Co directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh with Binna Choi (centre) at the launch of the Cultural exhibition "The Grand Domestic Revolutions Goes On. (2901JB20)

Co directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh with Binna Choi (centre) at the launch of the Cultural exhibition "The Grand Domestic Revolutions Goes On. (2901JB20)

“The film uses a Southern perspective to explore the shared history and partition here,” Mr Lundh explains.

“It’s about Belfast in the pre-Troubles era, but it’s actually shot in Korea with Korean actors, which is a bit surreal as it’s about Ireland and created with a Korean context.

“Jesse is an artist with a major breakthrough now, and this is her biggest work to date and it’s a big collaboration for us.

“She is already in Korea now, and the show opens there on Saturday and then opens in Derry on Saturday, March 30, too.”

While there, Mr Lundh will naturally be conveying stories of Derry and its many creative riches.

“”I’m not from here but of course I will talk to people there about the city and what goes on here.

“ It’s such a good time to talk about Derry, with the City of Culture year and people getting very excited about that. So to go to distant places like Korea and make that connection there is wonderful. Both places have similarities and have a colonial history, of course.”

“Sungjung Kim, one of the most important curators in Korea, will also be there and she will also hopefully be coming to Derry to open the show here too, so it’s a great chance for us and for people here to connect with the rest of the world. It’s very exciting!”

Meanwhile, a new exhibition opened at CCA on Saturday past.

‘’The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON’ is an international group exhibition offering a multi-faceted exploration of the domestic sphere.

GDR is an ongoing “living research” project initiated by Casco in October 2009. Inspired by US late nineteenth-century “material feminist” movements that experimented with communal solutions to isolated domestic life and work, GDR has involved artists, designers, domestic workers, architects, gardeners, activists and others to collaboratively investigate and re-articulate the domestic sphere, challenging traditional and contemporary divisions of private and public. The aim is to imagine new forms of living and working in common and put them into practice.

The show runs at CCA until March 23. For more information, see: www.cca-derry-londonderry.org