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Interview with Myung-Hye Ryu, curator of KUACA Korean UAE Art & Content Association


Q. Please introduce yourself.

A. Hello, nice to meet you. My name is Myung-Hye Ryu, who majored in art history at the University of Munich in Germany and is currently living in Dubai and working as a curator and translator.

Starting with her practical experience at the Haus der Kunst Museum in Munich, she has been planning exhibitions in collaboration with artists from various countries. Germany is a country where world-class art venues such as the Kassel documenta and the Münster Sculpture Festival unfold, and the experiences I have seen and felt there are still a great asset to me.

Recently, I did a project on the exploration of natural objects in the local community, and I am currently interested in exploring the artificial and non-artificial objects created by humans within a social context.


Q. I would like to hear what you especially felt or thought while curating the exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center and the Ras Alkhaima Exhibition.

A. I have been busy preparing for the Korean Pavilion exhibition at the RAK Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF) and the Korean Cultural Center exhibition for several months. In fact, the part I was a little concerned about at first was whether I would be able to meet many Korean writers in the local area. However, to put my worries to shame, I got to know many people who have aspirations for art activities through KUACA, and I am very happy to be exhibiting with them.

As this is the first time that RAKFAF is holding a Korean Pavilion alone, we tried to select a theme that matches the main theme of the art festival, ‘Discover your Nature’, but also preserves the identity of the Korean Pavilion.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions over the past few years, we planned an exhibition called ‘Nature: Recovery of Senses’ in the sense that we should have time to recover through nature as individuals and socially. I hope many people come and receive positive energy. In addition, 'We x Each Other = We Are', the first planned exhibition since the establishment of KUACA, is part of a project-type exhibition for the search for artists.

I hope it will serve as an opportunity for more people to participate in the exhibition in the future.


Q. The upcoming Korea Cultural Center exhibition will start on the 20th, and many people are looking forward to meeting Curator Myung-Hye Ryu. I am curious about the future vision of the KUACA Art & Contents Association and the curator's mission & plan.

A. KUACA plans to continue creating interesting art projects that can energize many people living in the area. I am also working hard so that my capabilities can have a positive impact on the association. Personally, I believe that curators should always be vigilant about adaptability to the senses, as it is a job that pursues the production of spiritual values, and at the same time requires an open mind and deep humanistic knowledge. I would like to plan exhibitions while pointing out the flow of contemporary visual arts in the relationship between society and individuals.

Furthermore, I hope that I can contribute to the cultural exchange between Korea, Germany, and the UAE, where I have lived. We want to connect the elements that can form a bond while highlighting the uniqueness of each of the three countries through art. I hope that many people will support me so that I can continue to plan exhibitions with sincerity in the future.

In ‘We x Each Other = We Are’, the whole is more than the sum of its parts. („Das

Ganze ist mehr als die Summe seiner Teile.

Gestaltpsychologie) began with an inquiry into one proposition.

When a few line segments are added in a flat figure, the visual sense perceived by the human eye is actively intervene in cognitive function to recognize as a three-dimensional figure. Even if you see several connected line segments, you can recognize them as a complete cube.

same as the principle Each line segment is more than the sum of its parts connected from end to end.

In this exhibition, each individual artist gathers to become whole and interact with the audience through the exhibition.

The desire to communicate with each other, form a consensus, and become more than each other is contained.

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