kyong juhn: WALK FOR HOPE & PEACE

Free and open to the public

Image: “Despair” by kyong juhn

Rochester Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition Walk for Hope & Peace: from 39. 0221 N—35.1046 N to 44.0121 N—47.4875 N, 323 by Rochester based artist kyong juhn as part of the new series ROOTED: Southeastern Minnesota Exhibition Program.

Walk for Hope & Peace presents juhn’s journey from her current hometown, Rochester, to Bemidji, Minnesota, having walked over 350 miles for 21 days. With overwhelming support from Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27 and many wonderful, warm-hearted families who hosted the artist every night, juhn walked 15-20 miles every day and photographed her journey in order to bring awareness to the imminent political tension surrounding her walk.

This project functions as homage to juhn’s mother, who escaped from the North Korean communist regime by walking 323 miles from Pyongyang, North Korea to Busan, South Korea. As a descendent of a North Korean refugee couple, born in South Korea, and now living in America, juhn sought to include diverse Minnesotan communities in her walk, hoping to engage in dialogue about ways to promote peace between her beloved countries: the United States of America, South Korea, and North Korea. juhn walked and photographed this project to empower and inspire participants from diverse communities so as to envision art as a tool, extending others imaginations and voices.  During the course of walking, these communities experience the unfolding of their own political voice. It is these voices are at the heart of the RAC exhibition.

“Every day, I walked each step to renew hope for the peace of our future, to touch each facet of my transformation, and to feel the warm terrain of Minnesota, where the place is now I can call as my home.”

-kyong juhn, the artist