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Community - with me, with you, with us

The theme for the 2013, 7th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale is 'Community'. This particular word in the English language comes from the French word 'communité' and it originates from the latin 'communitas' where the 'cum' means with/together and 'munus' gift. According to the English dictionary it means 'united individuals, a group of people' and it can also mean 'a group of things'. So the two parts become 'with' and 'together+gift'. The word has a unison meaning rather than referring to individuals, simultaneously as being associated with society, group, and so on, sharing history, culture, religion, philosophy and more.

Today we are living in a period of neo-capitalism, flooded with digital media and materials. Furthermore issues related to political and social disputes and conflicts, cultural and economical discriminations, and environmental catastrophes have moved beyond the individual to become regional, social and even national problems of confrontation. The result of the last 100 years are unfolding today and the earth has been abused under the notion of economical growth and industrial development and consequently we have only induced competition and consumption to an uncontrollable state, simultaneously as destroying the natural environment, social communities and individual dignity.

History proves that culture and art is the basis to reciprocal exchange and cooperative relation between individuals, regions, societies and so on. It is critical for us to focus on co-living and social development rather than competing with one another. Recently there has been a wide range of community art taking place as part of the cultural welfare initiative, and such endeavors contributed in removing invisible social walls and also in healing scars.

The theme for the 2013, 7th Gyeonggi International Biennale, is 'Community' signifying life and social co-existence. The subsidiary title is 'with me, with you, with us', symbolic for communication and exchange between communities with the objective of 'co-existence'. We sincerely hope that the biennale will be a chance to experience 'thinking', 'exploring' and 'sharing'.

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