Seoulist Weekender: November 23–25

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That scandalous exhibition everybody’s talking about | Through November 25
The most talked-about piece of art in Korea right now is painter Hong Seong-dam’s depiction of presidential candidate Park Geun-hye giving birth to her father, the late dictator Park Chung-hee. All controversy and press aside, the “Portrait of Reformation” (유신의 초상) exhibition at the Peace Museum is worth a visit to see some Korean political art before the censors move in! Through Sunday, November 25 at Space 99 at the Peace Museum (99-1 Gyeongji-dong, Jongro-gu).

Save Jeju’s Casa del Agua | Saturday, November 24, 3 p.m.
Part performance, part demonstration, this event was organized by Korean artists to protest the imminent demolition of Casa del Agua, an “architectural marvel on Jeju’s exquisite southern seashore created by the late Ricardo Legorreta of Mexico… integrating Mexican and Jeju cultural features.” Come for the photo exhibition, speeches and performances; stay to show support and lend your signature to the petition. Free and open to the public. At the Hongik University main gate. For lineup and more info, visit Facebook.

Fourth Annual OFF&FREE International Arts & Film Festival | Through November 28
This small international film festival prides itself in curating quality films from around the world for free public showings in Seoul. This year’s festival takes place at two venues: the Korean Film Archive and the Arko Art Center, where multiple screening spaces demonstrate that films don’t always have to be enjoyed in a dark theatre. Short films are projected in continuous loop along the gallery walls in the main floor of Arko, while upstairs in Space Feelux, you’ll find longer features befitting the inviting space with bean bag chairs and stacks of periodicals. November 21 through 28. Check the website for details and screening schedules (Korean).

Tales From Our Skin photo exhibition | Through November 28
Italian-Venezuelan photographer José Antonio Nigro’s explores the human form and figure in his fifth solo exhibition at Golmok Gallery in Itaewon. “Tales From Our Skin” features a selection of nude photographs, including male torsos, couples and tattoo art—a subject matter you probably won’t find in most Korean galleries. Exhibition runs November 21–28 at Golmok Gallery (갤러리 골목). Opening reception is Friday, November 23 at 7 p.m. More about the exhibition here.

Seoul Photo Festival | Through December 30
Get a sense of Seoul’s expansiveness—in space as well as time—with these photographs from each of the city’s districts and major historical periods. Images collected from professional and amateur photographers will reconstruct places and events, not according to journalistic accounts but rather to regular citizens’ experiences. The theme of the festival, sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, is “Thousand Villages, Thousand Memories” and promises to offer an intimate record of the city. Exhibitions at the Seoul Museum of Art, City Hall and Seoul Museum of History. Free admission. See the official site (Korean) or KTO for more info.

Our Weekender selections are drawn from personal recommendations, internet scouring or press releases. We try to be meticulous with our listings, but events may change without notice. If you would like to submit an event, please send descriptions (in English) and photos to

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