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Diaspora-Arirang advised by So Hyun Chang (Art Critic)

Larger fileJi Oh, American ID 3, 2021,  Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 30 Inches,.jpg

Shatto Gallery is pleased to present, DIASPORA-ARIRANG, a two part exhibition: first half showing at Shatto Gallery in August and the latter half showing at LA Artcore in September. DIASPORA-ARIRANG is an exhibition of Korean American artists working with the backdropped identity of the diaspora to decipher a voice of self through the tied cultural heritage of "Arirang." 


Diaspora: Arirang exhibits works of artists of the Korean immigrant diaspora living in the diverse community of Southern California. The baseline of all the works is the Korean folk song, “Arirang,” with the focal point of this exhibition being the 15 various interpretations to this song. The meaning behind “Arirang” is a strong desire to live harmoniously with your environment; however, this folk song’s meaning is nuanced behind a nostalgia of belonging that is infinitely ever changing and evolving alongside those who sing it. 


With “Arirang” representing the Korean sentiment within a select few in the myriad of the immigrant diaspora, the combined works of the 1st, 1.5, and 2nd generation multidisciplinary artists of Diaspora: Arirang hopes to highlight the voices of the minority within the current period of racial conversation in America. 


Furthermore, each piece in Diaspora: Arirang works as an iteration of an innate Korean aesthetic from the viewpoint of the immigrant diasporic identity that hopes to create and open conversations to induce internal harmony within the Korean diaspora that has since been growing gaps of ideologies made through generations and geography to create a sense of community. 


Shatto Gallery Exhibiting artists: 

Hei Myung C. Hyun
Jiseon Lee Isbara
Jin Sil Kim
Scarlett Kim
So Moon Kim
Sung Il Kim
Myung Gyu Lee

Robert Lee
Sam Sanghoon Lee

Ji Oh
Da Aie Park
Hyesook Park
Michelle Seo
Kayla Tange
Hannah Kim Varamini


LA Artcore Exhibiting artists: 

Date: September 4 - September 25, 2021

Location: LA Artcore, Union Center for the Arts

120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012


Opening Reception: Saturday, September 4th, 1-4pm

Nanta and Fan Dance Performance (Yu Heeja Gugak Dance Research Institute)

Sheri Ki Sun Burnham
Yun J. Choi
Koojah Kim
Won Sil Kim
Sunny H. Kim
Young Ku Park
Caroline Yoo


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