[블로그 기자단] A special Photo Exhibition Calling for peace Hello! Democracy
A special Photo Exhibition Calling for peace Hello! Democracy
Exhibition work is one of my main areas of interest and something I was eager to learn more. Recently, I've had the opportunity to work with GIC Organization (Gwangju International Community) as a volunteer here at ACC Gwangju (Asia Culture Center) to represent "Hello! Democracy" booth.
About the Exhibition
The Exhibition "Hello! Democracy" features photographs that trace the history of democracy in Korea. The country has moved from a period of cold war and division of the country, when human rights and freedom were all but lost, to the present time, when peace and democracy make up the very foundation of life. "Hello! Democracy" not only reminds us of where we have been, but also compels us to consider where we are going. It provides a time for us to reflect on the democracy we have achieved, and what still needs to be done for it to realize its full potential. The pictures in this special exhibition tell the story of the Korean people's path towards democracy and raise questions about what steps to taken next. They offer a glimpse of what it took to create a democracy which is alive in every way and is experienced every moment of every day.
Peace: Enhancing Democracy
The division of the country and its anti-communist structure here in the south were major factors in the decades-long delay in democracy. The threat of war and the military exercises undertaken in the face of this threat intensified the tension between the two Koreas, leaving families divided and painfully isolated. Overcoming the results of this tragic division and bringing peace to the land was a necessity for the future of democracy in Korea. Our journey towards democracy would become a journey of bringing peace to our country.
Labor: Promoting Human Rights
Labor is the foundation of a stable democracy because it is a basic requirement for a decent standard of living. After institutional democracy was achieved through the June Democracy Movement of 1987, workers inevitably stood up for their basic rights as human beings. The labor movement was not only part of the process of fighting for human rights, but was also a catalyst for other democratic movements.
Labor: Envisioning a Better Life
The world "Labor" suggests more than mere economic production and advancement. We also need to put individuals and their envisioning of a better life for themselves into the equation.
Authority: Inhibiting True Democracy
It is not difficult of authoritarianism still at large in our society, inhibiting democracy even through institutional democracy itself has been achieved. It is for the reason that awareness and reflection are vital to bring about a democracy that is fully-realized.
Respect: Moving Forward
Respect should be given for the sacrifices people have made on behalf of democracy, and for those who were sacrificed in its name, all towards the single goal of creating a better society. We work alongside them even now as we move forward, pursing an even stronger democratic consciousness.
The square: Gathering Together
The square is a space for gathering and participation under the all-inclusive banner of democracy. After the June democracy movement of 1987, the purpose of "the square" expanded, and voices from all walks and levels of society were given the opportunity to be heard. One of best example, the Gwanghwamun Plaza to the front of the Blue House: these are notable example of how "the square" has become a space for struggles, commiserations and joy.
Participation: Illuminating Democracy
Democracy is all about participation. Democracy cannot exist without the involvement of the peoples, whether directly or indirectly. Participation is what illuminated democracy. We can therefore say: "Democracy is action."