At the 2012 Busan Biennale, several Korean and foreign artists have gathered to showcase their eco-provocative contemporary art. Accordingly, we’ve some truly thought-provoking artworks lined up there that focus on social and environmental problems. Artists Ines Doujak, Sakkharin Krue-On, Seong Hyo-suk, Jurgen Stollhans and Mary Ellen Carroll have been quite successful in bringing out the actual, harsh reality of rapid modernization.
Created by Austrian artist, the Haute Couture art installation is made from cloth and gold chains. The giant blouse sheds light on the plight of textile factory workers. Thai artist Sakharin Krue-On’s Black Field sculpture utilizes horn-shaped ceramics to portray how human greed has been responsible for deforestation and wild life habitat destruction.
Seong Hyo-suk recycles company workers’ discarded shoes into a beautiful art installation which is further beautified with paper flowers. Jobless workers have created those paper flowers themselves. Equally remarkable is the green rooftop created by the US artist Mary Ellen Carroll which asks public to engage in public talks and share food as well.
Continuing through Nov. 24 at the Busan Museum of Art, the 2012 Busan Biennale provides enough food for thought to avid environmentalists who can see their concerns addressed by some stimulating, green art installations.