With this in mind, Making is Thinking is Making: New Korean
Craft of XXI Triennale di Milano International Exhibition focuses
on two things. First is how craft and exhibition should accompany
each other for sustainable craft environment. The question is
also about how to reinterpret the cultural concept of craft,
which is brought to the platform of exhibition as something to be
studied, interpreted, and viewed, rather than object solely for
practical use. It’s also about the role of curators. The second is
how to turn craft into a sustainable culture within our society
rather than a collection of objets d’art, within the frame of this
year’s triennale theme, “21st Century. Design after Design.”
The exhibition is based on four principle themes:
1. Archiving of actual production processes of crafts, relevant
records, and the way the finished product is used.
2. Contemporary art works that show the relationship between
craft and pure art.
3. Works of craftspeople and designers who have achieved
their own unique languages of expression.
4. Archive lounge with research-related materials and videos,
as well as audience-participation installation.
I hope that this exhibition provides a good opportunity to rediscover
the importance of traditional craft from the perspective of making
and craftsmanship while finding a way for craft to expand its role in
the society and ensure its future by building relations with other
branches of art and collaborating with them.
The exhibition began with an open question. We thank the 29 artists
who participated in our exhibition with their precious artworks,
members of the working group who worked with such enthusiasm
throughout the whole process, many experts who have given
interviews,and the participants of the discussion program series,
The Communal Discussion on Discovering New Craftsmanship,
who offered many valuable opinions.