Heritage, Legacy and Light – UNESCO





This exhibition <Heritage, Legacy and Light> at UNESCO’s Headquarters, fourteen artists from Korea illustrate how contemporary artists are harnessing fantastic new media and using it to power their creative expression.

As the United Nations’ flagship organization that promotes the advancement of education, science and culture, UNESCO has fervently championed culture as a vital foundation for sustainable development. For decades, UNESCO has successfully built communal bridges around the world by safeguarding heritage, strengthening creative industries and encouraging cultural diversity.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), KNCU and Gwangju Metropolitan City, (the hub city of Asian Culture and renowned for the Gwangju Biennale and its internationally acclaimed artists), have collaborated to host an exhibition showing media art from Gwangju – which fittingly is also known as the city of light.

The exhibition begins with LEE Leenam’s take on Korean and European painting traditions as sources for his media art. Parkyeon Waterfall is a vertically installed screen that animatesa beautiful Korean painting by Jeongsun (1676∼1759).

Other artists includes

BANG Woosong, CHENG Seonhooi, CHOI Jaeyoung, CHUNG Woonhak, HAN Heewon, JEONG Jeongju,  KANG Un, KIM Sangyeon, KIM Younghee, LEE Jeonglok, PARK Sanghwa, SHIN Dowon  and SON Bongchae

Special guest for private view

Na yoon sun (Jazz singer)


Exhibition of Media Artists from Gwangju Metropolitan City

  • Date : 7–9 October 2014
  • Venue : UNESCO Headquarters, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris, France
  • Hosted by Korean National Commission for UNESCO, GWANGJUSI
  • Supported by UNESCO, Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO
  • Organised by METAA
  • Sponsored by SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd


  • Curated by Stephanie Seungmin Kim, ISKAI Contemporary Art