Current Exhibition

Passage to Pusan: The journey bridging the friendship of two families

부산으로 가는 길: 두 가족을 맺어준 특별한 여정

To commemorate the anniversary of the Korean War (June 25, 1950), the Korean Cultural Centre Australia presents a specially-curated exhibition ‘Passage to Pusan: The journey bridging the friendship of two families’.

The exhibition ‘Passage to Pusan’ is the creative interpretation by curator and artist, Soyoun Kim based on the book of the same name by Australian journalist Louise Evans. The book tells the story of bereaved Australian mother Thelma Healy who makes an epic 15,000km solo journey to Korea in 1961 to find grave of her soldier son Vincent, who died fighting in the Korean War.

The exhibition transfers Thelma’s travel diary, family photographs and intimate letters onto six installations, revealing Thelma’s pilgrimage and an enduring friendship forged by mutual loss, grief and gratitude with Korean War widow Kim Chang Keun and her family.

Not only bringing the large-scale book installation into the gallery, the exhibition also features specially created ceramic boats showcasing the connection between people, time and place.  The diverse visual layers of the story have been displayed, which allow us to take a deep look into emotional ties like family love, motherhood and friendship.

Providing a glimpse into a family story, this exhibition also introduces past and present Korea and investigates more than 50 year-relationship between Korea and Australia. The documentary film ‘Passage to Pusan’ will be released at the Korean Film Festival in Australia.

This exhibition Passage to Pusan supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Korea Foundation, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Exhibition Information

23 June – 1 September 2017 (Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm) at Korean Cultural Centre Gallery

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