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2018 Daegu Photo Biennale

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Focus The Lens

First held in October 2006, the Daegu Photo Biennale, the largest photography event in Korea, has been held on a total of six occasions as of 2016, during which time it has become known as an excellent opportunity for people to get a broad overview of contemporary trends in photography. The reason that the event, which has grown into one of Korea’s three largest biennales (along with the Gwangju Biennale and Busan Biennale), has taken root in Daegu is the city’s rich culture of photography. In turn, this culture has grown out of Daegu’s long history of support for the photographic arts and the fact that the city is home to a significant portion of the history of photography in Korea, as evidenced by the city’s hosting of Korea’s first international photo exhibition in 1945, immediately after the country’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule, and founding of a professional photography academy. After the 1970s and 1980s, photographers working out of Daegu became especially active. Today, Daegu is still the city in Korea with the highest number of university photography departments.

The Daegu Photo Biennale is a proud successor of this renowned tradition and history. Over the years, the event has served as a leading force in the globalization of Korean photographic art and contributed to broadening the scope of contemporary visual arts in various significant ways, such as connecting them with painting and media art.

In 2018, the Daegu Photo Biennale will be opening up new horizons in Daegu, the photography capital of Korea.

 

Slogan

프레임을 넘나들다 Frame freely

Referring to the frame of a photograph, the term “frame” also represents the fixed ideals,
notions, values, and norms of a society.
The Daegu Photo Biennale aims not to destroy the frame but to freely define its boundaries
and aspire to achieve photographic beauty within it.

“Freely”symbolizes freedom that is absolute, not confined by any frame,
which is a characteristic of the aesthetic of this generation.
The goal of the Daegu Photo Biennale is to highlight all the qualities of the everchanging
photography of our time.

Therefore, the slogan “Frame Freely”embodies the values that we feel should be
pursued by not only the Daegu Photo Biennale but everyone living in the 21st century.

 

Daegu Arts Center

Daegu Arts Center

Opened in 1990 for the purpose of advancing local culture and the arts, the Daegu Arts Center recently adopted a new vision (“To Become the Center of Culture and the Future of Art in Daegu”) and is rapidly becoming a major local cultural center based on its pursuit of three goals: developing Daegu culture for the enjoyment of Daegu residents, building support infrastructure for artists in Daegu, and reviving the memories of major historical figures who were based in Daegu and contributed significantly to local culture and the arts. By hosting events that closely reflect the needs and characteristics of the local population, the Daegu Arts Center is always striving to bring greater happiness to Daegu residents, help Daegu-based artists develop their talents, and promote and expand the unique Daegu spirit.