An interesting exhibition coming up at Goldsmiths focusing on non-Koreans’ impressions of Seoul:
‘Local Foreigners’ Story’: Souvenirs from Seoul
Today, we travel to countries all over the world with great ease. When we begin living outside our usual environment we become foreigners, engaging with our surroundings in new ways depending on where we are, but also where we have come from.
THE MOST TRIVIAL THING FOR A LOCAL CAN BECOME TREASURE FOR A FOREIGNER.
The Local Foreigners’ Story: Souvenirs from Seoul started with a question, “As both residents and outsiders, in what ways do foreigners living in Seoul perceive the city?” This exhibition brings together foreign perspectives from both Seoul and London, sharing the stories of individuals and their unique connections with South Korea’s capital city.
In Seoul, ‘Local Foreigners’ (foreign residents of Seoul) were asked how they perceive the city through what they see, hear, smell, touch, taste and discover. In London, residents who have been to, or have a relationship with Seoul were asked to share their souvenirs in the form of objects, memories, observations and imaginings. This exhibition showcases these physical and imaginary ‘treasures’, displaying them alongside art works inspired by the idea of being a foreigner in Seoul.
Our aim is to encourage audiences to become ‘city explorers’, creating their own Seoul and as a result potentially re-discovering something of their own city.
Local Foreigners’ Story: Souvenirs from Seoul is supported by the ‘All Citizens are Public Diplomats’ programme run by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Korea Foundation in South Korea, with warm support from Goldsmiths, University of London.
12 to 15 December 2013
PRIVATE VIEW THURSDAY 12TH DEC – 18.30 to 21.30
Thu to Sat – 9.00 to 21.30
Sun – 9.00 to 17.00